Blogmas Day 21….Shopping for a Christmas tree in an Arizona desert city.

This post should have been done a little earlier. We put our tree up after my daughter’s birthday which is December 11th. She was actually suppose to be born Feb. 13th, her true due date. The year she was born she decided to come a little early. That was our hardest Christmas and New Year ever. Spending the whole month in a hospital with a tiny baby in the NICU is never fun. This is why every Christmas after that is such a wonderful time, even this year of 2020…all Christmas celebrations after a sick child gets better are the best. Happy and healthy children are always the best gifts to receive.

 I thought it would be fun to share some of our Christmas tree shopping adventures with you all. We have done the faux trees, the potted trees, and my favorite… the live trees. Here they are.

I always like the tiny trees that look natural. Tiny trees are easy to put up and easy to take down for clean up day.

Checking out some live trees at one of our favorite garden spots in the city.

There were some huge trees there.

When they bring the live trees to our desert city it is so fun walking around smelling the fresh pine. Little wooded areas in the city are rare to see.

They always have supplies on hand to make wreaths with.

I loved this tree but a little out of our budget. Believe it is also too big for our home here in the city. Up north maybe it would fit because the ceiling is much higher in that old house that was once a post office. A little bit of information on the place up north…it was a mess, left to fall apart from the last renters so we got a screaming deal. Cost as much as a used Truck so we were able to buy it outright. After giving it a little TLC it is now a fun escape and home in the country. If we wouldn’t have gotten the deal we did, there is no way we could have afforded it. In replace of getting a second vehicle (my car’s engine went out) we got Our Little Red House instead and started simplifying our lives more and more each year. That little red house in the valley taught us so much. Taught us how to be a family, spending time together, making things ourselves and building and cooking from scratch. So many things to be thankful for.  

At a lot of the city tree lots they have hot cocoa and some even give out popcorn. This is a family tradition that puts everyone in the holiday spirit.

Always nice to have a tree to plant later.

Shopping for a tree during a pandemic made it a tiny bit strange this year.

We went very early in the morning to avoid crowds. It is nicer to go in the evenings though because of the lights everywhere.

I wanted a small tree, not too big because I wanted to stand it up on an old sewing table that sits in front of our front window. These were the smallest trees from this lot we went to.

This is the tree my son picked out. We were going to surprise my daughter the next day after her birthday with a decorated tree to wake up to. When I got home I realized the tree was too big to sit on our small table by the window. My husband offered to cut the top and I was like “What, no way, leave it be, it is beautiful the way it is.” So we moved it to the floor and raised it some to make it easier to get to any cats that might decide to take residence under it.

The cats love tree time every year. Just hanging out, not up to no good. Yeah right, they can pretend all they want. They want to take this tree down. Only a matter of time before we are gluing wooden ornaments back together again.

I filled the tree with my vintage ornaments.

And finished it off with candy canes.

Have a Merry Christmas everyone….watch those cats around those trees.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. ourcrossings says:

    Wow, your Christmas tree looks absolutely amazing! Happy Winter Solstice, my friend. I think there’s something magical about the shortest day and longest night 🙂

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    1. It really is such a beautiful time.

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  2. saramincy says:

    So pretty!! I love a real tree❤️🌲

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  3. Pure Glory says:

    Your tree looks so festive. The pine smell has got to be wonderful! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you so much, it does smell so good. I love the smell of fresh pine. When we drive up north it smells wonderful all the time. I bet living in Alaska you have the cleanest air to breath. Here in our city we have a lot of high pollution days so it is nice when we can take breaks and drive up to the trees in our state. Have a wonderful Christmas too and God bless you and yours.

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      1. Pure Glory says:

        Most of the time our air isl good but when we get thermal inversions with cold on the ground and warm air above it our air quality is not good and we have pollution alerts. Then they ban wood being burned, It happens in subzero cold weather. Otherwise our air is clear and fresh. We have beautiful spruce trees filled with snow all winter.

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      2. My comment I was just writing just disappeared…must have done something weird and hit the wrong key. We have no burn days too, and gardeners can’t use blowers either. It is better to head up north when it is so polluted here in the city, it gets bad sometimes. You might be getting this comment twice, so funny. I love it up north where everything smells like trees and nature.

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  4. I wish I had a Christmas tree. Yours looks great.

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    1. Thank you Joanne. If you live by trees or have neighbors with trees you can take their clippings and put them in a jar. You can make a little vase branch tree with fairy lights. I bet it would look beautiful. The simple and tiny things are special too.

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