Monday, December 22, 2008

A New Tradition

Good Monday morning! It was a busy weekend here on our little patch of paradise. We had company, we went and got a tree, and I spent the day readying the animals for the cold night we had last night and will have tonight. No, I didnt knit sweaters for each one. ;) Before I get to all that I wanted to share my epiphany I had. I know I am not the first to think of doing this, but I was glad I thought of it for us. Hmmm...something is up with blogging this morning, I can't seem to break to another paragraph. Lets see if I can get a picture in here.

The only way I can seem to keep typing is to type under Html after any break in the sentences, so that is what I will do.

This is a picture of our Christmas tree. You may be asking yourself, why is it so small???

Since I met Ian, we have always gone with his parents to cut down a real tree on a Christmas tree farm. This was a lot of fun and we all really enjoyed it. Over the years things happened, things change. My mother in law, Roz, she passed away right after Thanksgiving seven years ago now. Christmas has never been the same since. Ian, Shelby and I have still gone to cut a tree. Since we live so far from his dad now, we don't get together to do that, and havent for a long time. Ians dad has since remarried to a wonderful woman that we love very much, but tradition has changed. Sometimes it is time for a new tradition. This is where my epiphany came in.

We dont have a lot of trees on our property. We have no windbreak. We need some trees. I hate raking leaves, so I want evergreens. Why not go to Lowes and buy a real tree...but in a pot, so we can keep our tree alive each year by planting it in our yard? I was excited about this new idea. We could get a tree every year and plant it to have forever. What a concept. :) So that is exactly what we did. The picture above is the tree we picked out. It is called an Emerald Green Arborvitea. Here is a link so you can see what it will look like all grown up one day. :)

We love our little baby Christmas tree and can't wait to watch it grow up. :)

Since the blog format or whatever doesnt seem to want to work right for me, I will just save the weekend ramblings for another entry, at another time.


Lisa said...

That is a wonderful tradition to start and one day long from now someone else will enjoy your tree too. We do that and our trees are now big & beautiful. I cherish them. You are also helping save our environment so this is a win win on all sides!!! :)

I wish you, Ian & Shelby a very merry christmas and a healthy, happy, peaceful 2009.

Love you my friend.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

They do say that planting the tree is the greenest way to go. Cutting trees is the next greenest, and a fake tree is the least green (because most do not last long enough to offset the carbon and chemical costs). We are hoping to use ours for many years to provide the offset.

Congrats on your new tradition that helps the environment and will provide a wind break in the future.

Beth said...

That's a great idea, and it will be fun to watch your little Christmas tree grove grow year after year!

Hugs, Beth

It's Just Me ~ Katie! said...

I think it a beautiful addition to the family and what a great idea. Hoping your have a good day. Take care and enjoy,

kelly said...

that sounds like a wonderful tradition to start.. me, on the other hand.. like the fake ones.. can't kill them.. LOL... wishing you and yours Happy Holidays... and a Healthy New Year... take care

Ally Lifewithally said...

Kelly I think your little tree is lovely ~ and you will be able to watch it grow ~ I hope You ~ Ian and Shelby have a wonderful and blessed Christmas ~ Ally xx

Fernan said...

Hey love. Give me a day or two and I'll write all I've learned over the years out of our selecting, buying, trimming, proper treatment, planting, post treatment Winter Xmas trees.
Future generations may never imagine the joy you'll experience saving a tree from Xmas to enjoy year round. I've many memories over those we've enjoyed indoors before watching them grow outdoors.
PS: Frieda and I enjoyed your tree.

Indigo said...

What a cool concept! One of the reasons I've always gone with a fake tree is because I can't bring myself to use a real one, knowing it's getting tossed after the holidays. It just seemed sacrilegious. I think starting next year I might purchase a small one to plant on my property. Thanks for the idea dear one! (Hugs)Indigo

Hollie said...

WHAT A GREAT IDEA!!! It's beautiful too. Merry Christmas!

Becky said...

I love your tree!!!!

madcobug said...

Your tree is beautiful to me. One day you will be able to string lots of lights outside on it. Yes it was cold last night and another one on store for tonight. Hugs, Helen

GaylaGal said...

Happy Holidays!
Your tree is so pretty. And I love your idea and I might just have to snag it (lol). Those type of trees are really great wind breakers too. Can't wait to see them next Christmas :)
Take care and have a very Merry Christmas


JoHn'S wOrLd said...

Kelly,Thanks for stopping by my blog.I like that idea,Starting next year I to amd going to buy a tree to plant.
P.S.looking forward to our blog on your weekend ramblings lol