So...we ALWAYS get a real tree. We enjoy going up into the woods and picking out the perfect Douglas Fir and cutting it down. The kids love it too. It's an adventure, and something that we've ALWAYS have done. Well, until this year.
Normally we would go out 2 weeks before Christmas and cut it down. But that weekend we went out to the coast to go clam digging. No biggie, right? We still had 2 more weekends before Christmas to get that special tree.
Except, how were we to know that 'Arctic Blast 2008' was going to come through and leave us snow. Lots of snow. Too much snow to even THINK about going up into the mountains and cut down a tree. No biggie though, there were LOTS of tree lots around with trees for sale.
Well, that was BEFORE the snow. We've spent the last week looking for a tree. Not even the perfect tree, ANY tree would of been great. But the lots have long since packed up and moved on. Ugh.
We've looked everywhere. Lowe's. Home Depot. EVERYWHERE! No trees to be found. Kimberly is starting to get worried. She thinks that since we don't have a tree, Santa wont have anywhere to leave presents. So...we found this TINY tree in the Christmas box (think maybe 12" tall). You know, one of those table decorations (nothing that we could decorate, it has all that stuff already on it). Not exactly what Kimberly wanted, but she decided that it could work. If that's all we can find.
So, I was determined today. I was going to find a tree. Except, I knew at this point a real one was out of the question...so I went on the 'fake' tree search.
AND I FOUND ONE! It's little (about 5 feet tall), but it'll work. I'm sure of it. I just got done putting it together (the girls don't even know about it yet!). It already has the lights on it. It's pretty :) I can't wait for them to wake up in the morning and see it now.
Whew. Christmas is saved here in the Swartz house now!