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A Sea of Pine: Christmas Tree Picking

The run up to Christmas is both exciting and stressful for all of us.  But the joy it brings always outweigh the negatives and Christmas tree picking definitely eases the stress of gift-buying.  Well, at least for me it is.

We’ve been going to this particular Christmas tree farm for about four years now.  It’s one of my favourite Christmas traditions we do in our little family. There’s just something magical about walking through hundreds upon hundreds of pine trees and then of course, looking for that one particular special tree to take home with you.

Like the past years, we usually go with T’s best friend F and his family.  This year, was no different.

It’s a lovely Christmas activity to do with little ones as pictured above.  Since we’ve been having awful weather lately, there were lots of muddy puddles to stomp on before the hunt for the perfect tree commenced.

There are different kinds of varieties of pine trees at the Devon Christmas tree farm.  Do visit if you’re in the area.  It’s a family run business and as mentioned a really fun activity to do with your family.  Anyway, I’ve only managed to take photos of three kinds of pine trees and they have more than that.

The Nordman Fir

This tree apparently originates from Russia.  The sign reads:

“With its easy care credentials, its the most popular of all the firs.  Soft, luxuriant foliage makes it easy and pet-friendly.  Attractive to the eye, it has forest-green glossy needles.  Originating from the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia, Southern Russia.  This tree has great needle retention and can be bushy or narrow, to suit any space.”

Fraser Fir

“A funky tree which has very good needle retention.  With its angular branches it has a quirky character.  Named after the botanist John Fraser, who explored southern Appalachians (in the east of the USA) in the late 1700s.  The soft, dense needles are silvery-green with a rich balsam fragrance.

Blue Spruce

“The spiky Blue Spruce has fair needle retention if well watered and a piney scent.  This tree has either a blue tinge or blue-green tinge to its needles.  Originally found in the Rocky Mountains of the USA.  The prickly needles will protect your fragile decorations from pets”

In the end though, we didn’t even pay attention on what kind of tree it was.  We just roamed around the tree farm until we found the “perfect” tree without even knowing whether it was a Norman Fir, a Fraser Fir or a Blue Spruce.

We later found our tree deep within the pine tree woods.  It was a pity some of these trees grew so close together that their shape was compromised because of the lack of space.  That’s where we found out tree, thankfully not out of shape, otherwise we wouldn’t have chosen it.

The “one”

We then put T’s name on it and called for the man with the chain saw to hack it off.  While our tree was getting ready for us to take home, T had some lovely hot chocolate.

Then it was time to go home.

We ended up with a Blue Spruce without knowing it, as I’ve mentioned we choose our tree blindly, not really paying attention to the kind, more like if we like it, it’s ours! 😉

We got the tree on Saturday, it’s Wednesday now.  They say it has a blue(ish) tinge, but don’t really see it.  We all love the shape and the look of it.  What I can say though is that it’s the “thirstiest” pine tree we’ve ever had.  You have to water it full every single day.  Our other trees still had water in it the next day, this one – let’s just, it’s a bit high maintenance more than the others.  But we still love it!

The “before” photo.

Et violà!

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas tree, thy leaves are so unchanging …

What about you?

Do you have a favourite kind of Christmas tree?

Or do you prefer a real tree or an artificial one?

Do share.

Y is for Yuletide

The Yuletide season is the one of the few reasons why Winter here is bearable.

I absolutely love Christmas,

especially when you have a little one.

As a little family of three (well four, including Boots and Doc),

we have our own Christmas family tradition

which begins on the second week of December.

We go to a tree-farm to pick our own Christmas tree.

There’s something special about going to a Christmas tree farm and picking your own tree among hundreds and hundreds of beautiful trees.


Y is for Yuletide.


Do you have a Christmas family tradition too?

Do share.

T and Father Christmas

T was one and a bit when she first met Father Christmas.  She cried and let’s just say, made a bit of a commotion in her nappy and it wasn’t wee.  You get the picture.

I doubt if Father Christmas would want to sit too close to her had he known what happened.

Then my husband bought her a DVD and introduced her to Raymond Brigg’s Father Christmas.  She absolutely loved it.  I first wrote about it here and back then I even wondered whether he was a bad influence on my daughter.  She still says blimming sometimes and still loves to watch it over and over again.  I guess that DVD prepared her for her next meeting with the jolly/grumpy old man.  This time she was two and a bit.

I’m happy to report that no commotion happened.  This time she didn’t cry, but was really shy and he could could hardly hear her little replies (more like whispers) to his questions.

Yesterday, I wanted to buy some additional Christmas decors and decided to go to Trelawney Garden Centre in Wadebridge where they have lovely stuff, not knowing that Father Christmas was already receiving visitors.  So little T along with her best-friend F had the chance to have an early-meeting with him.  I don’t know whether it was because she’s older now or because her best friend was with her, this time she gamely answered his questions and nothing unpleasant happened, which is good because she doesn’t wear nappies anymore.

This post is linked up with PODcast’s What’s the story?

And The Oliver’s Madhouse

Hope everyone has a lovely week planned ahead of them! 🙂