Saturday, December 1, 2007

Advent - Day 1 - Get the Tree

Day 1 of Advent - Go to Town, take in the festivities, get tree, panic and run home!

Every year a Festival Trees event is put on in Baker City, a benefit for our local hospital, all of which are 30 minutes from our home. Saturday is the public viewing of the trees for those of us living at the lower end of the food chain that can not afford the $75/head dinner tickets. The kids and I have never been to the tree viewing, or the other related activities, so we thought this year we would be festive and give it a try...End result? Ba Humbug. I'm with Shrek when it comes to crowds. Just give me my little family, our cozy home, and call it good. I do love people, don't get be wrong. I'm just not into all that frenzy that comes with crowds.

Anyway, after we escaped the Holiday fluff, our fun really began. I bought Sami & Jake new winter hats (seen below), new kid calendars for 2008; and we went out for Chinese Food where the kids tackled chop sticks, noodles and fortune cookies! Then, for the big finale, we went and got our tree! That was our celebration in a nutshell. We baled on the downtown parade and community tree lighting. Perhaps next year. I have to take these things in small doses. I'm sure it's related to some sort of anxiety.. deep breaths..

So! Once we got home, the snow started falling! Big, fat, beautiful, slow falling flakes. You know, I love our open spaces right here at home. Looking out the windows and seeing the fields and animals is just all I need for a festive atmosphere. I also have a candle lit, and Christmas music playing. This is the life..

I also visiting some of my favorite blog's. It's fun seeing what everyone is doing for this season of joy. Looks like a lot my faves are trying to make it special - not just crafty, or decorated, or over the top. I appreciate all the tutorials that are going up, as well as 'special things to do' lists. Truly fun. One idea is to have a camp out by your Christmas Tree. I love this idea!!

I saw that Dawn also got her tree today and her family got to play with some baby pigs! Dawn is doing a daily post until Christmas. What a great idea!

Have a great weekend! Peace be with you during this holiday season. We have three weeks until the biggest birthday celebration on earth - lets enjoy each day. Try to carve out a bit of magic for yourself and for those you love dearly. Each day spread some love. And, be Nice.


Diane said...

Your tree is beautiful,please take a pic of it all decorated,I'd love to see it!!

Dawn said...

Oh, Christmas tree. Oh, Christmas tree.....I love the pic of you and the kids. Where is your hat and gloves mom ???? I love that you had snow on the ground when you went to get your tree...Wahhh.. Happy posting and Merry CHristmas.

clhenry99 said...

Tree looks awesome and so do the hats! My bad food was puppy chow!! Oh that stuff is so bad for me and Claire and I ate way too much!!

Sandy said...

Oh what a great way to start the season! ;)

Michelle said...

Love the pictures, Andi! And I really love the idea of having a campout by the tree. We just might have to give that one a try!

*karendianne. said...

Naturally I love the pics of you, the tree and the kids. So happy. Such great memories.

Happy to see ya'll enjoying the holiday season.