Tree Time

Little Liebchen contemplates snow.

Little Liebchen contemplates snow.

I admit it, having kids makes me ready for Christmas the minute Thanksgiving is over. Our advent calendars are ready to go. I’ve started my shopping. And thanks to Google, I’ve also figured out the dates of Hanukkah (Dec 16-24, meaning the holidays will run seamlessly into each other), so that I can remember to light the candles, give my kids a present, read The Hanukkah Mice to them, and fry up some kick-ass latkes. Seriously, I may not be much of a Jew, but I am a hell of a latke chef.

Little Liebchen eats snow.

Little Liebchen eats snow.

Today was tree-tagging day for the Husband Hausfraus. Remember last year, when we cut down our own organic Christmas tree at Hopestill Farm in Sherborn? And then we had a grasshopper infestation, which was actually a praying mantis infestation? And we tried to save the insects but they died and we were sad?

Good times. Seriously, good times.

 

So today we went to tag our tree (which basically means we staked our claim so we can drive out to Sherborn again next weekend and acquire said tree). Clearly, people are catching on to the awesomeness that is Hopestill, because a lot of trees had already been claimed. Don’t worry, though. We found our tree.

Much like last year, I wasn’t inspired to select the  perfect tree. Last year’s tree did look amazing once we got it home and decorated. Can’t wait to see how this guy turns out.

Herr Husband tags the tree. Actually, this is a dramatic recreation as I was too slow with the camera.

And here the children and I pose in front of the tree we selected. Not sure if I watched Charlie Brown's Christmas Special too many times as a kid, but I'm drawn to melancholy, offbeat trees. Maybe I'm just a fucking hipster.

And here the children and I pose in front of the tree we selected. Not sure if I watched Charlie Brown’s Christmas Special too many times as a kid, but I’m drawn to melancholy, offbeat trees. Maybe I’m just a fucking hipster.

 

Here, the children frolic against a backdrop of more traditionally attractive trees.

 

Will we have praying mantises this year? Only time will tell…

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