Woo hoo! It’s our first Christmas in our new house and the first Christmas in two years where we get to have a real tree! That said, I assumed that the whole tree buying scene was the same as it was back at home, but I did some research just to be sure. I found three options. In Oregon, you can:
- Hit up one of the local businesses or big box stores that sell them. (Ok, yes, this is familiar.)
- Head out to a tree farm. Sounds simple. It is…mostly – once you decide if you want to do U-Cut, Pre-Cut, U-Pick-It / We Cut It. (Slightly less familiar, but I do know people did this back home. But those people were not us.)
- Secure a tree cutting permit and head out to your local forest, pick one you want, and chop it down, Clark Griswold style. (Uh…really? I never heard of this. Seems like a lot of effort – but could be fun for super outdoorsy folks. Again, not us.)
We chose to go “Griswold Light” – option 2 above – and headed out to the tree farm. This afforded Kenny the ability to use a saw, but did not put our entire family at risk for getting lost in the forest. The farm was out on Sauvie Island, about 10 miles from home – but on some crazy winding roads up and down the hills.
Best part about the drive? We saw a real, live wolf. He was running sporadically up and down the side of said crazy winding roads, threatening to dart in front of the good old Ford Flex at any moment. Sadly, I didn’t get any pictures because I was too busy gripping up the console and my door handle while pressing my invisible passenger-side brake while stating, “Oh God. Oh God. Oh God. Don’t hit him!” to Kenny’s sheer delight. Hahaha. It was awesome.
It was a great day. And hilarious. The kids had a blast. It was most interesting because Portland and the surrounding areas are very green already, so going to a “tree farm” seems kind of redundant, and this proved even truer when we found ourselves walking through what was essentially a forest within a forest to select our tree…albeit a neater and more orderly forest. Haha. I guess this is why the ‘tree cutting permit’ option exists…
My second favorite thing of the day? Kenny using a saw.
My favorite thing of the day? The G-rated comments spewing out of Kenny’s mouth while he used said saw:
- “Do I have crack?” (referencing the back of his pants)
- “This is ridiculous.”
- “This is easily the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”
- “Little full. Lotta sap.”
- “I have tree in my mouth!!!!”
- “Well, it tastes good at least.”
Here are some pictures of our day trip – looking forward to next year already! 🙂