We try to make it back to Minnesota at least once a year, and common sense usually dictates that it occurs during the summer months. Since we missed going last year (as a family) all together, we decided that it would be nice to head back for the Holidays. So it was Christmas with the Hoffman’s and New Year’s with the Moe’s.
Overall it was a good trip – the weather behaved mostly, meaning it never dipped below 30° below zero – the kids did exceptionally well traveling in the car (2 days, both ways) and Santa received our temporary change of address.
Instead of spending X for a cut Christmas tree this year, we decided to spend a little more, like about 3X and get a live, though dormant, potted tree. As with anything there’s pluses and minuses that go along with it all. The biggest bummer is that you can’t leave it inside for very long, if at all, due to the fact it’s hibernating and prefers to be frozen. The benefit here is that we no longer have to buy 20 cans of spray snow to get our tree to look as it does above.
Kari did pull out the spruce flavored essential oil and a diffuser to get that wafty Christmas smell that we all love.
The kids had fun putting the balls on the tree, and we did also decorate our sad, sad ficus inside, so we weren’t really missing much. And this spring we’ll plant ol 2010 (creative, affectionate tree name) and celebrate all over again. I’ve got the music cued already… Oh, holy night, the stars are shining bright – ly….