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It's Christmas, Keep it Real - Our Visit to a Christmas Tree Farm from Walking on Sunshine.


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Christmas Tree Promotion Board.

What does Christmas mean to you? 

Christmas is all about real quality time spent with family.  Christmas is about traditions that you make with your family and loved ones over the years.  And at the center of it all is the beloved, real, Christmas tree.  But what do you do when your family grows and changes?  

How do you keep the traditions when loved ones are no longer with us?  This is our family.  Our children are now grown. Our daughter and her husband live in Oregon and our son is in his second year of college in Virginia. 


Recently my family and I attended the Christmas Tree Promotion Board Live Event at our local tree farm in New York.  We cut down our Christmas tree for the first time in 12 years and we included my brother and his daughter Gracie.  

This was always something we did as a family when our children were little.  It was always something we looked forward to doing every year.  It was a tradition in our household until we moved to Pennsylvania and life got busy.

Three military deployments over the past 12 years also made it hard to keep up with the tradition of a visit to the tree farm.  But every year my husband and I would reminisce about how much fun it was taking the kids to the tree farm to cut our tree.  

Just a few years ago with my husband and kids and our tree from Walking on Sunshine.

Christmas is about real quality time spent with family and friends and just as the Christmas tree acts as the centerpiece in beloved, nostalgic Christmas scenes, it is not something that can be manufactured.  It's Christmas, Keep it Real.  Let me share with you all about our day at the Christmas tree farm last weekend.
My husband, myself, my niece and my brother ready to find the perfect Christmas tree from Walking on Sunshine.


The owner of the Christmas tree farm, Kurt, giving us a little history of the farm and the benefits of cutting your own Christmas tree.  

the owner of the Christmas tree farm.

We had a lot of questions for him! 
The owner of the Christmas tree farm.


A sign informing us of the different varieties of Christmas trees available for us to cut down.  
Sign informing us of the different varieties of Christmas trees available.


My brother and Gracie found their tree! 
My brother and niece Gracie with the Christmas tree they picked out from Walking on Sunshine.


Gracie insisted on cutting it down herself.  
Gracie wanted to cut down the Christmas tree by herself from Walking on Sunshine.


My husband helping Gracie.  
My husband giving Gracie advice on cutting down the Christmas tree from Walking on Sunshine.


Gracie did it all herself!
Gracie and her Christmas tree from Walking on Sunshine.

It took us some time, but we finally found our tree.  
We found our tree from Walking on Sunshine.


Now it's hubby's turn to cut our tree down. 
My husband cutting down our Christmas tree from Walking on Sunshine.


My husband and my brother having some fun with our Christmas trees. 
My husband and my brother carrying our fresh cut Christmas trees from Walking on Sunshine.


Kurt giving my brother some last minute advice on how to keep the Christmas tree looking fresh for the rest of the month. 
Last minute tips on keeping the Christmas tree fresh from Walking on Sunshine.


We couldn't leave the Christmas tree farm without a wreath handmade by the owner, Karen.    
Christmas tree owner and me with a fresh made wreath from Walking on Sunshine.

And a stop by the bonfire to warm up after a fun afternoon.  This was a beautiful spot to sit and look out over the farm.  
My hubby and I by the bonfire after cutting down our Christmas tree from Walking on Sunshine.

My husband and I are thrilled to have a real live Christmas tree in our house again after all these years!  The smell is incredible!  And there really is nothing like the look of a real tree at Christmas.  It just looks prettier.  We'll put the decorations on when our son comes home from college next week.  Another new tradition to start for our family.  
Phil putting lights on our tree from the Christmas tree farm 2016 from Walking on Sunshine Recipes














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5 comments

  1. Happy Christmas.Hope the Holidays have been good to you so far, and that the new year brings you much happiness and success.

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  3. I hope that you enjoyed your holidays! Thank you for the great post, thank you. I am so inspired after reading it=)
    All the best, Kate from handmadewritings

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