A Christmas Tradition

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I am sharing one of our family traditions today. Every year my dad cuts down our Christmas tree. We live in the middle of nowhere in Illinois, so he goes out into the woods to find our tree. (kind of like Chevy Chase on Christmas vacation.)

My dad always comes up with a classic. One year he cut the top off of a huge tree and the next year he used the bottom. Our family is known for having the best “Charlie Brown” trees. I think the goal is to get the most hideous tree possible. We all love it though! Our tree is never lacking character, that is for sure!

This year Josh got in on the action. My dad let him do the honors and chop down the tree. The tree was missing branches on the back side, but it didn’t matter. We stuck it in the corner. It looked perfect!!! Everyone was surprised it had so many branches:) We picked out a winner this year!

We had a big dinner last night and will be with spending time with the family today. We are hoping to see Marley and Me too! Should be a great Christmas! Happy Holidays to all!

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  1. love it. the charlie brown Christmas trees are the best. and i love the Chevy Chase reference, too. Merry Christmas!!

  2. One year we used a tree we cut down from our yard- I didn’t think anything of it at the time, but loking back at pictures it was very Charlie Brown like. Merry Christmas.

  3. Charlie Brown trees are the best!
    I am pitching my artificial tree today. Next year I am starting a tradition of real (small) Christmas trees.
    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  4. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. The tree is charming, I suspect, just like your dad. It sounds like you have an easy-going family, with a great sense of humor!

  5. That is so cool! What a great way to find the perfect tree. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope you and yours had a lovely Christmas!

  6. Sounds familiar…one year when I was a kid we cut a crabapple tree from the pasture behind our house – no leaves just bare thorny looking branches. It was awesome for hanging ornaments though! Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

  7. That is too cute about the tree. I love when people forego formalities and just have fun! Hope you had an awesome Christmas. It sure looks like it!!!!