Blue Spruce

Every year there is the tradition of the tree hunt. Well, sort of. There used to always be the tradition of the tree hunt - the ride in the hay bale tractor, the search for the perfect tree, cutting it down and then going to the little Christmas shop and having hot cocoa and those butter cookies that come in an enormous tin.

Unfortunately due to lack of time and an inability to coordinate multiple schedules, the past few years the hunt was relegated to back parking lots of strip malls.

Since this is my first Christmas living with Sean, and he never had the experience of the tree hunt, I thought we'd go to Jones Family Farm, as Meg and so many others love it there. But it was just too much for me. So many cars mobbing the place they actually needed people to direct traffic flow, such a huge expanse of trees I didn't even know where to begin, and then I saw the sign that made me feel like everything had become a little too commercial - flat rate cut your own tree: $68.

Knowing we were only going to get an itty-bitty tree there was no way we were spending that much for it, so Sean and I hiked up the hill to the trees, wandered around a bit, talked about what tree we might get if money were no object, and took our photos.

Then it was back to the old parking lot where we took home a tree for $25.

I do miss the tradition, I love the naturally growing trees that aren't all trimmed into a perfect shape, and the tractor rides, and the watery swiss-miss, but I need to find a tree farm that is quite and small to rekindle those memories the way I'd hoped.

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Her Rundown
Striped Turtle Neck Ralph Lauren via TJMaxx
Jeans Joe's Jeans via Saks off Fifth similar
Boots Migliorini via TJMaxx buy on ebay similar
Plaid Scarf c/o Front Row Shop similar
Red Pea Coat Nine West via TJMaxx similar$$, similar$
Gold Twisted Bracelet The Cavernous Jewerly Box similar
Antler Ring House of Harlow
Nail Color "Sole Mate" Essie

His Rundown
Plaid Shirt Eddie Bauer
Jeans "541" Levis
Wool Baseball Cap Wiggins

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  1. I've never gotten a fresh tree before but I've always imagined it would be something like a Hallmark commercial and then at the end it would start snowing and I would get a million dollars or something. Maybe that's why I don't have a million dollars or snow.

    The Adored Life

  2. At least you made your own memory - it was just a bit different than the one you thought you were getting! Also, you two are seriously so cute together.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  3. what a fun tradition! cute post with you and sean!

  4. You guys are the cutest couple ever! ♥
    Merry Christmas!

    Have a Happy Tuesday!
    xoxo Suzy ( ˘ ³˘)♥

  5. That's a shame that you weren't able to get a tree at the farm. But that is pretty expensive for a tree! At least you two looked super cute and got some good pictures!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  6. Great to see you making new memories with your beau. Happy Holidays!!

  7. Well at least you made the effort! It's sad when things you remember so fondly become so commercialized!

  8. What can I say. My tradition is to pick it up at the local supermarket as the trees are imported from Canada… on the bright side: you guys look fabulous.

  9. hi dear, I never had a fresh christmas tree...amazing tradition and are a beautiful couple

  10. What a great post! Love pics of the two of you. Looks like lots of fun and your ootd is so easy and chic!

  11. My parents get a fresh tree- this year, they're hosting the whole extended fam for Christmas Day, so the tree is like 10 FEET TALL. It's a blue spruce MONSTER. Took 3 hours to decorate, no joke!

    Love these shots, lady! You guys are too cute.

    Le Stylo Rouge

  12. Bummer about not having the experience you had hope for but at least you got great pictures.


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  13. Aww, shame that you didn't get to cut your own tree, but at least you got to have some lovely memories and start your own traditions! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  14. You two are adorable! We didn't cut our own down either this year, hopefully next year!

  15. The way you two look at each other... heart melting :) But I digress. I've always loved the idea of the tree hunt but I've never lived anywhere that made it truly realistic. Growing up, our trees came from tree lots set-up in regular parking lots, with already cut trees sitting in piles of snow. I suppose I could travel out of the city to a tree farm here in BC but I can't imagine the cost would be worth it. Our fake tree is nice and tidy (and small enough to actually fit out apartment.) Sometimes that's all you need. Outfit photos at the tree farm, on the other hand, are utterly ingenious - what a gorgeous place for them!

  16. Blue spruces are great but yikes that price! Nice to see a picture of you and your man. Nice casual outfit too. Stripes and plaid are always a winning pair in Winter.

  17. Aww I love that adorable picture of you and your man, you look so happy and in love :) At least you had a good photo-taking opportunity, but I wouldn't pay that much for a tree either! We took a romantic trip to Home Depot to get ours, ha! :)