We broke our usual tradition this year with our Christmas tree. My 5-year-old daughter is very into decorating and we were taking way too long to get a Christmas tree for her. She was growing impatient. Finding a tree was getting complicated… and expensive. Our little town sold out of Christmas trees quickly so we needed to go on a tree hunt somewhere else. We also needed to purchase a new tree base because our old one disappeared.
Then, our tree found us. It was a big, beautiful citrus tree with six different kinds of citrus fruit grafted onto one tree. It’s called a cocktail tree. Grayson and I were in love with this lovely tree. We both wanted it so badly, but it was pricey… about the same price as a cut Christmas tree and a new base for it. We asked permission from the 5-year-old to substitute the cocktail tree for the Northern fir-tree. She thought it was a great idea!
We brought the tree home, set it up in our usual Christmas tree spot, and spent the evening decorating. A new tradition has been born. We absolutely love our citrus Christmas tree. I’m sure this idea is a contemptuous act to most die-hard Christmas traditionalists, but we live in Southwest Florida. It still smells like Christmas around here, just more citrusy. My kids are excited to plant the tree after Christmas and we’re already picking out the spot. We’re definitely doing this again next year.
The temperature was in the 80’s today, so we aren’t expecting snow. It turned out to be a white Christmas though… Florida style. We had a dump truck full of sand delivered for the kids. They couldn’t be happier with their mountain of sand and cardboard sled.
We hope everyone has a joyful 2011 holiday season.
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