One of my favorite scenes in CHRISTMAS VACATION is when the Griswolds go into a “forest” to chop down their Christmas tree. I’ve always thought it would be fun to do, much cooler than bargaining with the guy at the lot like Ralphie’s dad in A CHRISTMAS STORY.

This year my Christmas dreams came true. We drove about a mile past the Idaho border to Carver Farms in Newman Lake, Washington where we got to pick out and chop down our tree. Craig, Drew and Jasmine got to take turns sawing the trunk while I took photos. It didn’t take nearly as long as we thought it would and we were all pretty psyched with the whole experience. (Drew gave Carver Farms props for handing out free hot cocoa and cider as well as selling multiple flavors of kettle corn.)

I plan to go back to this place in the summer because they grow a wide variety of fruits and veges – even popcorn! – and all of it is GMO free.

The tree looks pretty magnificent in our house, if I do say so myself. And so far, no squirrels or other rodents have emerged from the branches 🙂 I love the fresh pine scent and being able to pick it out and harvest it ourselves made it that much more special. I think we’ve found a new family tradition.

Barkley likes hanging out underneath the Christmas tree