|Would you like me to prune the dead stuff?|
Some of the best Christmas memories happen leading up to the big day. Letting your child play an active role
This year I got the great idea to make ornaments out of pine cones, popcorn, and cranberries with my grandsons. We are going old-fashioned cheap chic so to speak. Now all we need is the tree.
The kids are coming up for the "First Annual North Woods Tree-Trimming" at Grandma's and Papa's farm this weekend. I can't wait. Although we are still searching for the perfect tree for them to cut down. I've always wanted to be able to do that, go out into the woods and find the perfect tree. Turns out, having almost 200 acres of woods at your beck and call does not mean you will find the tree of your dreams.
I feel your pain, Charlie Brown.
Nonetheless, we may need to go to Plan B.
Plan B for Picking Out the Perfect Christmas Tree
1. Air drop by Papa: Sounds easy, but former drops of messages, toilet paper, and other items have been known to miss their targets completely; visions of a rogue tree stuck in a guest's windshield keep popping into mind.
2. "Plant" one in the woods: We tell them the story of St. Nick don't we?
3. Support local tree farm: Each one could get a whack at the tree, might relieve some of that pent up energy from the long car ride while my grandsons go with me to get hot cocoa.
4. Occupy the forest until I find the perfect tree: Sounds noble and romantic, in July.
5.Go green: Have the kids make one out of my recyclables, after I find out where that smell is coming from...
6. Go virtual: Festive tree skirt, gold garland, silver tinsel, and Skype with a Christmas tree.
7. Go artificial: Save the planet, recycle, reuse and incentive to reorganize the attic after the holiday.
Anyway, while I'm thinking about it I'll be sure to have plenty of band-aids and some heavy duty glue-slash-pine-pitch-fighting agents on hand -- oh, and plenty of that special Christmas punch.
Here, here to Christmas cheer!
Good Luck and Good Parenting!!