We don't go over the top with Christmas (no advent calendars or elves on the shelves here) but we do love getting a real tree. This year we went to the same place as last year, which is how traditions get started, isn't it? We picked out a six foot Douglas Fir and a wreath for the front door, the kids got hot chocolate and apple cider donuts and the warm weather this year made it a really lovely afternoon.

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Can you smell it?

Did you know that the first lights on a Christmas tree were candles, and the first decorations were edible, like nuts and apples? The apples eventually became the red glass balls that we use today.

Christmas trees originated in Germany, however according to the Encyclop√¶dia Britannica, "The use of evergreen trees, wreaths, and garlands to symbolize eternal life was a custom of the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews. Tree worship was common among the pagan Europeans and survived their conversion to Christianity in the Scandinavian customs of decorating the house and barn with evergreens at the New Year to scare away the devil and of setting up a tree for the birds during Christmastime."

What is your tradition? Do you chop down your own tree? Buy a real one? Leave up an artifical tree for more than month? Please tell me!

Stayed tuned later this week for pictures of us decorating it.