“The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!”
~Charles N. Barnard
Now that Thanksgiving has passed, many of you will be out getting your Christmas Tree! I have very fond memories of taking a drive out to the Christmas Tree farm with my family when I was growing up. We would listen to some fun Christmas music on the long drive to the farm while we were completely bundled up in sweaters and mittens, earmuffs and boots, in preparation for the chilling icy wind that blew up from the nearby creek.
Once we got there, we would all pile out of our Jeep and run around trying to find the perfect tree. Once we found it, and Mom gave it the final ok, Dad would take out the saw and chop it down. My brother, sister, and I would play around in the creek while Mom and Dad tied the tree to the top of our Jeep. We posed for a quick photograph for our family Christmas card and then pile back into the car for the long trip home.
Once home, Mom would make us hot cocoa while we listened to Christmas with the Stars and picked out our special ornaments. Getting our Christmas tree was a very special day for all of us. We spent the entire day celebrating together.
This year, make your Christmas Tree day special by going out and celebrating with the ones you love. Try not to stop after work and pick up a manufactured tree from an old gas station lot. I guarantee that if you put a bit of effort into making a whole day of choosing your tree this year, you will create memories that will last forever like mine do. All it takes is some festive music and some hot cocoa and a lot of togetherness. If you do not have family near you, go out with your friends and other loved ones. After-all, they are the family that you choose for yourself.
Here is a simple hot cocoa recipe from Martha Stewart to try!
- 3 1/2 Cups of sugar
- 2 1/4 Cups of cocoa powder
- 1 Tablespoon table salt
- Whole milk for serving
- In a large bowl, combine sugar, cocoa, and salt, and whisk to combine well. Store the mixture in an airtight container.
- For individual servings, pour 1 cup whole milk into a microwave-safe mug, and microwave on high just until hot. Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa mix, and stir to dissolve. For a larger batch of cocoa, warm the milk in a saucepan set over medium-low heat, taking care not to let the milk boil; as it warms, stir in 2 tablespoons of mix for each cup of milk.
“Christmas, my child, is love in action.”