It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Trapp house. We’re slowly but surely getting settled in our new home. To make things a bit more magical this year, we decided to head to the Christmas Tree Farm and bring home a live Christmas tree. Jade picked out the first of many real Christmas trees that’ll grace out home for seasons to come.
Growing up, we always had real Christmas trees. Every year, my dad and I would head out to the Christmas Tree Farm and he’d let me pick the perfect one for our home. So, this was nostalgic for me, especially after using an artificial tree for years. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with having an artificial tree. But, the memories of letting the kids pick out the perfect Christmas, bringing it home, and decorating it are priceless.
What makes real Christmas trees so magical
There is something extra special about having a real Christmas tree in your home. Taking your Christmas tree out of a taped-up box year after year doesn’t bring the same joy that heading to a local Christmas tree farm or nursery to pick one out brings.
Needless to say, I don’t think I’ll ever go back to using an artificial tree as our main Christmas tree. Here are the reasons why I’m loving real Christmas trees over artificial Christmas trees this year:
Once we got out of our car, we were greeted by the amazing scent of the Fraser Fir Christmas trees. We’ve tried the room sprays, pine sticks, candles, and everything else marketed to replicate the smell in years past, but nothing quite compares to filling your home with the fresh, pine smell that having a live tree brings.
No matter how much I fluffed out our artificial tree, I could never get the shape just right. There would be gaps in some places or it would be bushy in others. With real Christmas trees, they are shaped symmetrically all the way around.
It’s not so much about having a Christmas tree, it’s about the family tradition of going to get it. Intentionally making memories with my family means so much to me. Just like I instantly thought about my childhood when we pulled up to the Christmas tree farm, I want my kids to have those experiences and memories as well. Maybe they’ll even decide to carry on this tradition into their own families one day.
Supporting local businesses
We all know that the pandemic had a huge effect on small and local businesses. By purchasing a real Christmas tree, you’re supporting local tree farmers and helping their families not only have a great Christmas but allowing them to provide a source of income for their family year-round.
This isn’t to say that I absoutely hate artifical Christmas trees. In fact we have one up in each of our bedrooms. But, I’ll definitely opt for a real Christmas tree yearly as the main Christmas tree displayed in our family room.
Are you doing an artifical or real Christmas tree this year?