Welcome to the final week of the Christmas Open House Party!
This week’s topic: Traditions!
Share your family’s traditions – new, old, crazy.
21 year old tradition: getting the tree
Every year, we get a tree. We used to get the tree pretty early in December. Now I find the date to get the tree has moved closer to Christmas partially because of my daughter’s birthday and family party in early December. We’ve been almost everywhere to buy a tree, though we’ve never cut our own.
Every year, my husband throws out suggestions for different types of trees. It’s a pointless discussion because I know he wants a Doug Fir. We always get the Doug Fir.
I think this year’s trip for the tree was the best so far. We took the kids one weekday night after dinner and went to the spot in front of our township’s swim club. After driving the guy helping us nuts by looking at about a dozen trees and discussing their merits (it IS a disposable tree), we agreed on one and watched as our tree was bundled up for the car ride home. The man selling the trees is a local guy and quite entertaining with his Donald Duck impressions. I caught my teenager trying do the Donald a few days later.
Then we started a new tradition – visiting the lights at a local house. Every year, a local tax preparer fills his yard with light displays somewhat organized by category. The display is free, though he collects donations for the local food pantry.