over the river and through the woods

....for our Christmas tree, that is!
We went to our favorite tree farm- Reinhart's in Silverton, Oregon!

Silverton is like stepping back in time.  They have a true main street, picket fences, church steeples- it's like Mayberry!

Reinhart's is way out in the country, and the drive is so beautiful.

We always stop off in the barn to find out which section has the kind of tree we're looking for, and then grab some hot cider and a cookie for our hunt.

We headed out towards this field...

 It typically takes us no longer than five minutes to find the perfect one- they are all so gorgeous!

 This was the one we picked.
Full, really tall, and no holes!  The top was a little bent, but we could fix that.

 My husband always cuts it down and we yell, "TIMBER!"
(except for this year, it was just me.  We have a 'mature' 10 year old now. And I'm a dork.)

Someone from the farm comes by with their quad and a trailer, they mark the bottom of the tree with your initials, and haul it back to the barn to take home.

They always shake it out to remove any excess needles (or bugs!)
and then bale it up for easy handling and so the branches don't get bent for the trip home.

I always make Gingerbread cake the day we get our tree.  Nothing fancy, it's just from the box. 
A big dollop of fresh whipped cream on top.

We get the tree in the stand while it's still baled, and bring it inside.  Inevitably, we trim some branches off the bottom and I use them for decorating. 

Then the hubs puts the lights on.  :)
And then I get to work while he catches up on football.
the view from the staircase

This is one of my favorite ornaments.  We've had it for awhile.  Our tree is a mix of vintage and rustic, in classic colors.

I've started adding in more silver to our Christmas decor- it goes better with our day to day stuff, so I can mix more of that in with the Christmas.

A vintage postcard!
The silver netting was something I had on my 'wish list' for this year.  Do you ever do that?

As we were getting ready to take down the Christmas decorations last year, I stuck a Post It note on the month of November for this year so I would remember ahead of time what it was that I was wanting.

Mission accomplished!
(I hate my handwriting!)

Our tree is a collection of ornaments- we still have some from when we were first married, some are handmade from craftspeople, a few new ones mixed in, some are gifts....

I recently started tucking in the frosty holly and berry picks for a different texture.
The wooden cranberry garlands have been a staple for a long time. 
This year, I think we have 900 lights on the tree! 
Now that it's all decorated, let's hope that we don't have the pesky strand that decides to go out right before company comes over!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 
Thank you so much to those of you who commented on Hannah's birthday post. 
You guys really know how to choke a girl up.

Happy Monday, Friends!


  1. What a perfect day and perfect tree Denise! It is so beautiful! I love all your ornaments and the netting is such a pretty addition! the cake looks really good too and your handwriting is beautiful! :)

  2. What a fun tradition! Timber...haha! My 11 year old thinks I'm a dork, too :)

    I'm really admiring the netting, berries and vintage ornaments! Looks so festive and bright!

    We are putting up our tree, tonight! Can't wait! Thanks for the inspiration! Where do you buy netting, btw?

  3. So pretty! Love the classic color scheme. I'm also very jealous of $30 trees!!! Damn girl! I paid more than that last year for a wreath!! LOL

  4. I love the "to-get" list on the tcalendar in the background. Visiting from imnotatrophywife.blogspot.com and now I'm following.

  5. follow link not working at the moment,i will circle back. Love Oregon!! my brother in law used to be wgn news anchor there (now he's in knoxville).

  6. Looks like y'all had fun picking out a tree! I love the decorations - very pretty! (I do that with notes for next year too - it sure helps jog my memory! I think you have pretty handwriting, too!

    Aimee @ Justkiddingaroundatlanta.blogspot.com

  7. This actually got me excited to go get our tree...I love your tree and decorations. So warm and homey! I have a Pug too! =O)

  8. I'm visiting from the Pleated Poppy. I love your tree! I've always wanted to go to a Christmas tree farm and select a special tree. It looks beautiful and your home is beautiful, too!

  9. So beautiful and those traditions are so special. I love the photos from cutting down the tree.

  10. Such a pretty tree! I bet it smells great. Nothing beats the smell of a real tree.


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