Kicking Off the Christmas Season
Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas with a 3-year-old is awesome! Wyatt has been catching glimpses of Christmas on television commercials and store displays for at least a month now. Every day since then, he has asked (correction: begged) to see Santa. "When we get our Christmas tree, " I'd reply. "Then, it will be time to go see Santa."

The day after Thanksgiving we headed to the tree farm in search of the perfect tree. It was great. Wyatt and Avery were both very excited about the process (well, Wyatt was probably more excited about getting his hands on the saw, while Avery was quite intrigued by the muddy (and very hilly) conditions, which made for a great slip n slide on a couple of occasions). But they were excited, nonetheless.

Wyatt did a great job making sure proper tree-cutting technique and form were being appropriately executed (above), while Avery was busy searching for her very own Charlie Brown Christmas tree (below).

She was quite pleased with her discovery.

We finally made it off the hill with our tree just before dark. I'm sure you can tell from the pictures just how dark and foggy it was. It certainly made for a bit of a spooky experience for the kids, I'm sure. But they didn't seem to mind too much. Just don't tell Wyatt that Santa's jolly ghost is peering over his shoulder in this picture.

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While the tree was being prepared for us to take home, Wyatt and Avery sought light and shelter in the little gift shop, where each of them were greeted with their very favorite things.




This was by far the best tree farm experience, and I'm so excited to see what the next month will bring now that we have a child who has Christmas Spirit flowing out his ears and eyeballs. As we were calling it a night, Wyatt seemed overcome with joy when he said, "Mom. Dad. This was so much fun."

You just wait, Kiddo. There is much more in store. We're just getting started.

**We've had our tree 2 days now, and he's already asked to see Santa about 10 times. Any suggestions on how to stall for one more week?

Wine Selection: Bogle Merlot
Personal Rating: ***Good***
Comments: This is nice and smooth, although a little bit sweet. But it's a fabulous wine for casual sipping.


Blogger Shelley had this to say:

Wyatt and Avery will have such great memories of finding & chopping down the family Christmas tree every year. What fun! Do you think that Brayden & Sienna will have such fond memories of getting our tree out of a box every year? haha!

December 3, 2008 at 9:47 AM 

Blogger Laura had this to say:

Ahhh...sounds like so much fun! Have you introduced Avery to Santa yet? Every time we see Santa at the mall and try to introduce Clara to him, she clings to me VERY tightly and will not even look at him! I can't wait till she understands WHO he is and what he's all about. This time of year is so much fun!

December 5, 2008 at 10:53 PM 

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My Wine Personality:
For the most part I’m a chardonnay, as I consider myself to exhibit a somewhat sunny and mellow disposition (most of the time), but because I find a tremendous amount of joy out of showering my two kids with hugs and kisses, I also possess the subtle sweetness often found in a riesling. But don’t be fooled. I love a great outdoor adventure and am willing to try anything once. This occasional display of boldness is thought to match that of a cabernet, whereas my appreciation for nature suggests that I have an earthy component to my personality—very characteristic of a merlot. (more)


“Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1771