Monday, December 7, 2015

New Traditions







For the last eighteen years I have visited our neighbours down the road to get my tree. They have a lovely little tree farm and supporting those in our community has always been important to me. This year, with a tighter budget, and a desire to create a few new traditions around the holiday season, Reece and I decided to head out back, into the woods, to find our tree.

Yesterday morning, after our Sunday morning pancakes, we headed out in search of the perfect tree. Honestly, I thought we would be heading home with a little Charlie Brown tree, you know the ones. I was okay with that, it would be whimsical and fun. But as we walked we came to an opening and standing right there was the perfect tree! It didn't take us long to decide that it was the tree for us, and we got to work cutting it down. I dragged it home, tossed it over the fence, trimmed the bottom a bit, and hauled into the house. As the Christmas music played in the background, Reece and I got to work decorating the tree with ornaments we made together four years ago. To say we had fun would be an understatement, we had a blast!

We sat back once we were finished, and took it all in. Smiles crossed both our faces, and Reece said, "our first tree looks amazing mom". All I could say was, "Yes, little man, it certainly does."

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  1. Your tree looks beautiful. I just clicked to see how you made those amazing ornaments... Reece looks soon cute!!!

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    1. Thanks Emma! He was so little then, eh? Time goes so fast.

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  2. It is amazing and beautiful. I also clicked back. My how your boy has grown. Enjoy your tree together. Trees like that require quiet nights and cups of coco. Shine.

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    1. Thank you my friend. And yes, grown so much! Quiet nights and hot tea, with knitting, have been happening a lot around here. And of course Christmas music quietly playing in the background.

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  3. Your tree turned out beautiful!! Love the ornaments you made!

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  4. This just warmed my heart... It looks amazing my dear, great job to both of you.

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  5. Yes, Reece is correct, it is an amazing tree!
    I love heading out to cut down my tree, although this year after we did that and had the tree decorated there was a slight mishap [twice], but now all is good and my tree hasn't fallen over any more!

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    1. Thanks Tracey. Glad all is good with your tree. I have to admit, this one did fall down once, but we laughed about it, and put it back up. It was before it was decorated though, so not a big problem.

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  6. What a perfect tree! We got ours from the woods too this year. Love the smell of pine! :) Hope you are doing well! Sending you love! <3

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    1. Thanks Tiffany. We are doing very well, and soaking up this holiday season in the best ways possible. xo

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  7. He's quite right, it looks gorgeous, a beautiful tree and even lovelier decorations, I'm so glad your first new tradition was a hit!

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  8. Oh, Kim, it's absolutely perfect! And I absolutely love those stamped ornaments! Gorgeous! Well done, team! xo

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    1. Thank you Shel. We love our tree :)

      xo

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  9. I LOVE your tree! And I love that you got it yourselves too. It harks back to those bygone days where that was the norm for every family. You are truly rich where it counts, my friend.

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    1. Aw, thank you Alexa, that means a lot coming from you :)

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  10. the story you are telling us is true and beautiful story of Christmas! Your tree is really very beautiful and your ornaments are lovely! They are also a good witness that the time passes quickly and we need to enjoy the good life! What a pleasure to read my friend ...

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    1. Thank you my friend. Yes, much too quickly, and so I try my best to soak up every moment.

      xo

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  11. What a perfect tree to start your new tradition !!! I love the ornaments too. xoxo

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  12. I love that picture - the lively green tree surrounded by brown grass and fog. Picture perfect.
    What a great new tradition. Glad you and Reece had a wonderful day.

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    1. Thanks! It was a foggy day on Sunday, has been for a few days. You guys getting the same weather. I would much prefer some snow :)

      It feels good to be adding some new traditions this year, ones that will carry Reece and I through the next few years, and maybe more.

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  13. What a beautiful thing to do Kim. Your tree looks beautiful. xo

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  14. A lovely tree, and the ornaments you made together are awesome.

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  15. It's so lovely!! Ours is really a charlie brown tree. We found a very recently cut down tree in the forest and we took the top off of it. It's scraggly but I like it.

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    1. Thanks KC! Hey, as long as you like it, then it's the perfect tree :)

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  16. it is the perfect tree and you are living a perfect life full of in the moment joy and wonder. I love your happiness and attitude and I continue to send you well wishes :)

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    1. Thank you Karen for your very sweet and kind words. I am trying my best, and most days succeeding. This has been a tough transition, but I am happy to say the light is shining again for both Reece and I, and we are finding much joy and happy in this season.

      Thank you for your continued support and well wishes, it means the world to me. xo

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  17. A beautiful tree..decorated with love!

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    1. Thank you my friend. Hope you are well. xo

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  18. How wonderful to go and find your own tree. It looks perfect. The start of a wonderful new tradition.

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    1. Yes, a new tradition for this new path we walk :)

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  19. Dear Kim, after reading this post, and the pasts ones, tears formed in my eyes at your new traditions, that you and Reece are creating.
    This new life that you and your son are forming, will create a bond that will become unbreakable.
    Yes, there is sadness....but the strength that is pouring out of you will be the foundation needed for the coming months ahead.
    Sending you lots of love and prayers during this time. Your tree looks beautiful. May the lights shine brightly throughout this season.
    Love and God bless...mari

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    1. Aw, Mari, thank you for your beautiful and sweet words. I appreciate the love and prayers, we could use them.

      xo

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  20. Mother Nature is certainly looking out for you. It is the perfect tree for new traditions :)

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    1. Oh Coco, she is, in so many ways. Thank you!

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  21. awww... i love this story! my son went out by himself and cut a tree down for us as a surprise, but he accidentally got a spruce tree. it was so prickly we had to wear leather work gloves to put our ornaments on! i was determined to make it work, but the poor little tree collapsed from the weight of all of our ornaments and lights :( so we all agreed to go for a different tree. it was a pretty hilarious experience. maybe i'll get around to sharing it on my blog, but like you i am also stepping back to enjoy what's right here :) your tree is absolutely perfect. what a wonderful new tradition.

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    1. Thanks Jenny. Oh goodness, that is too funny, but such a wonderful family memory you will have :)

      Thank you!

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  22. That tree looks like it was just meant to be! And in your home it looks beautiful, a lovely new tradition which I'm sure has given Reece a very special memory for this year and another ritual to look forward to in future years.

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  23. Beautiful tree! Heading into the woods to find the perfect tree (and every year we do) is my favorite holiday tradition.

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    1. Thank you Andrea. I think it will become my favourite holiday tradition too :)

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