Holiday Traditions – The Tree

“The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect”– Charles N. Barnard

One of our family’s favorite Holiday traditions is to pick out our Christmas tree. We have been cutting down our own since John’s and my first Christams as a married couple.

j and t tree

We love visiting local tree farms, wandering through the rows of trees till we find the perfect one. This year we visited Fransico Tree Farm only a short drive from Briarmoore. Their trees are gorgeous and very reasonable.

This little adventurer felt right at home.


Narrowing down the selection.

Helping cut it down


After we brought the tree home, the kids really delighted in helping decorate. They were amazed at some of the ornaments I’ve had since I was three years old and carefully placed each ornament in its own perfect spot. I love witnessing the magic of Christmas through their eyes. Our white pine is the largest tree we’ve ever had and our lovely angel is having difficulty staying on top!


“O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us!
They are green when summer days are bright,
They are green when winter snow is white.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us!”

The unchanging qualities of the evergreen point to the constancy and faithfulness of our God. Year to year and through every season of our lives He is present. While its easy to recognize and celebrate the splendor of our God and His gift to us in Jesus during the Christmas season, perhaps when we notice the steadfastness of the evergreen on a Spring day, a Summer hike, or a crisp Fall morning the feeling of a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and all it stands for can return.

I’d love to hear about your family’s traditions and even see pictures of your trees!

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About Tammy Pedersen

Tammy is married to John Pedersen, manager of Briarmoore and Grass Stain Tour extraordinaire. She is blessed to be able to stay at home with her three children. When not busy with farming and homeschool, Tammy can be found with knitting needles or crochet hook in hand, reading or writing. Someday she hopes to combine her love of travel with mission work.

One Response to Holiday Traditions – The Tree

  1. Gaurav says:

    I am away from my family this month… Wont able to celebrate…. 🙁
    I will miss the decoration of Christmas Tree