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Oh, the smell of pine! Every year around Christmas we make our annual trip to the Cosgray Tree Farm. Normally we just go to the gift shop and look at the many decorations, snacks, and other gifts they have available.

 

This year was different. My friends always talk about going out and cutting their own trees down and I wanted to do the same. Neither my mom nor dad had ever had a real tree. After going through the gift shop, the owner, whom my mom knows, walked up right as I brought up the subject of cutting down my own tree. My mom explained to her that we had never had a real tree and then continued to ask questions about taking care of them. The owner then helped convince my parents into letting me have a real tree for my room.

 

Off we went to find the perfect tree. They had many lots to choose trees from including different colors, sizes, and types. At the same time we were searching for the winning tree, my friend was also there driving around from lot to lot in search of the same. We kept missing each other and realized that we were not the only ones with this tough decision to make. Spruce, pine, balsam…what will it be? Short, tall, fat, skinny…oh, the dilemma!

 

I looked at a few different trees and they just did not seem the right fit for me. At one point my mom and I drove down a lane between a corn field and the tree lot. We were almost to the end of the lane before realizing there was no way out. I put our van in reverse and started backing up to my mother’s amusement. Backing up a vehicle is not one of my strong points. In my own defense, the lane was narrow. I ended up in the corn field with my mom laughing like a fool. We finally made it back to the entrance and made our way back to search other lots.

 

Finally, there it was! The perfect tree! The tree was just the right size for my room. My dad used the saw and hacked the tree down in an instant. It did not take as much effort as I thought it would to cut it down. We carried it to our van and put it in the back. It made our van smell so awesome. We took it to the building for them to measure it and purchase the tree preservative. They put it on a “shaker” to shake off any loose needles.

 

We paid, loaded up the tree again and headed home. We got home and set the tree up and decorated it. It turned out amazingly beautiful! You have to take care of the tree just as you take care of a person. It is so exciting to bring it home at first and decorate it but then you have to water it and take care of it. The memories from the tree farm experience will live on forever in my mind even though my pretty little tree will be reduced to a dead old brown twig within weeks.

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  1. Luke Hammond on December 18th, 2017 11:06 am

    Great article! Love reading about others’ Christmas experiences. I have never had a real tree either, so this was very informative.

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  2. Caleb Johnson on January 10th, 2018 8:30 pm

    Wow, great story Brannyn! I’ve always wanted to have a real tree at my house and this motivated me to talk to my mom about getting a real one for next year. I thought the part about you backing into the corn field was pretty funny, and overall Great Story!

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