2013 Christmas Tree

The past few years Matt and I have purchased our Christmas tree from either Home Depot or the lot down the street from us. However, this year we decided to be festive and join our friends, Mel & Travis, for a trip to the mountains to cut down our own! Growing up in Florida we didn’t really have this type of opportunity so I had no idea how much I’ve been missing out until this experience! So two Sunday’s ago we picked up our friends and roadtripped 2.5 hours north to Todd, NC, stopping once in Boone for an amazing lunch at Daniel Boone Inn, the best Homestyle Southern Comfort Food {and Southern Living agrees}! Afterwards we continued on to Todd, NC to the tree farm that Travis and his family have been cutting down their tree from since he was little. Sadly, we had just missed the last tractor ride up the mountain so we hurried to Clawson’s {Choose & Cut} Tree Farm down the road. Lucky for us we were their last customers of the day so we had the tractor ride and entire tree farm all to ourselves!

 {tractor ride up the mountain}

 {the 9 footer Matt and I picked out}

{time to cut her down!}

And we couldn’t leave without purchasing a homemade kissing ball too!

I know technically you’re supposed to let your tree “settle” for a day or two before decorating but I am always too excited to wait! This year we used 6 strands of lights and 4 rolls of gold ribbon.

I made a new extra large bow this year and added some spray.

{a few of my favorite ornaments}

There she is! I am so in love with our tree!!

Now I need to get wrapping!




  1. Caitlyn {Home Sweet Ruby}
    December 9, 2013 / 12:46 pm

    Love your tree, it's gorgeous!! Looks like such a fun time, wish I could have talked my husband into a live tree this year!

  2. Melissa Sikorski
    December 9, 2013 / 1:22 pm

    Live trees are the best. They make your whole house smell good. Beautiful tree!

  3. Rach
    December 9, 2013 / 1:47 pm

    I LOVE your pickle ornament! haha. So cute. The tree is beautiful, and I love going up to cut down my own tree – there's something so special about it!

  4. BLovedBoston
    December 9, 2013 / 1:54 pm

    I couldn't agree with you more on the tree experience growing up in Florida as well!!! It's so much fun and your tree is gorgeous!! I love your head band- where did you get that!?

  5. Laura | Our Life in the Queen City
    December 9, 2013 / 2:20 pm

    who gave you that "bless this home" ornament?! it's SO cute! *wink*tree looks gorgeous — even prettier in person! xo

  6. comehomeforcomfort
    December 9, 2013 / 2:48 pm

    Love your tree! I love your red and gold with the personal ornaments mixed in. Lovely!

  7. the girl in the red shoes
    December 9, 2013 / 3:01 pm

    Your tree is gorgeous!!!! Love it!

  8. Taylor Rae
    December 9, 2013 / 3:04 pm

    Your tree looks awesome! I love cutting trees, so much more of an adventure than just picking one up at a tree lot.

  9. Christina @ This Woman Cooks!
    December 9, 2013 / 3:09 pm

    So beautiful! Love the red and gold.

  10. Sarah
    December 9, 2013 / 3:10 pm

    We have a pickle ornament too!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Can't wait until E is old enough to start playing along with that fun tradition!!

  11. Jamie @ You Gotta Have Hart
    December 9, 2013 / 3:13 pm

    The tree is GORGEOUS! I know what you mean about being in Florida and not having the tree cutting experience. It's totally something that I would love to do. Packing up the family and driving to Home Depot just doesn't feel real festive! And just think– next Christmas you will have a little baby to enjoy a tree! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. melissa
    December 9, 2013 / 3:36 pm

    You're right – that's definitely not an experience you get in Florida! How fun! We picked ours up at the old Home Depot. Not nearly as festive but thatnks for letting me live vicariously!

  13. Kate
    December 9, 2013 / 4:15 pm

    Love the giant bow on top!

  14. Elise @ Cheers Yall
    December 9, 2013 / 4:31 pm

    So beautiful!! Absolutely perfect! I definitely want to head up to the mountains one day to cut down our tree!! Merry, merry! xx

  15. Katie Elizabeth
    December 9, 2013 / 4:37 pm

    Beautiful!!! We always had a fake tree growing up and now living in Chicago, it's near impossible to have a real tree so I've never had that "tree cutting" experience either! Looks like it was a blast!

  16. Pamela
    December 9, 2013 / 4:45 pm

    So pretty!! Love all the sweet ornaments ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Tammy Jo
    December 9, 2013 / 5:01 pm

    It is beautiful!!!!

  18. Heather Bentley
    December 9, 2013 / 5:03 pm

    Tree farms are the only way to go! ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm so jealous, here in Kansas we have to have Frasier Firs (like what you have) sent in from out of state, but they are the best!

  19. Britt R
    December 9, 2013 / 5:20 pm

    The whole process of getting your tree together is so sweet! Love how it turned out, it looks so beautiful!!

  20. Colleen Sullivan
    December 9, 2013 / 5:43 pm

    Beautiful tree! I always forget to add ribbon! Next year I guess!

  21. Katie MacDonald
    December 9, 2013 / 5:50 pm


  22. Brianne Bracco
    December 9, 2013 / 6:23 pm

    Gorgeous tree! What a fun tradition. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Laura {happily ever} Parker
    December 9, 2013 / 6:32 pm

    We usually always cut down our tree but this year we purchased off a lot. Nothing quite like chopping down your own!

  24. E. Erquitt
    December 9, 2013 / 6:40 pm

    I love the Daniel Boone Inn too! Beautiful tree!

  25. Lisa Pray
    December 9, 2013 / 7:23 pm

    ahhh! That kissing ball is so great!!!

  26. Kristal @ The Strong Family
    December 9, 2013 / 7:36 pm

    What a beautiful tree and fun trip with friends!

  27. Jillian Manesh
    December 9, 2013 / 8:50 pm

    your tree is beautiful! xo

  28. April of A. Liz Adventures
    December 9, 2013 / 9:26 pm

    Aw I just love that tree, so festive!

  29. Lisa
    December 9, 2013 / 10:17 pm

    Such a pretty tree! We've gone to a choose and cut farm in North Carolina the past few years when we spent Thanksgiving with my husband's family and it is so fun! I was really sad we couldn't do it this year since we were in Florida – sure makes you appreciate the experience all the more ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Leslie
    December 9, 2013 / 10:22 pm

    SO pretty! We didn't make it up to the mountains for our tree like we planned this year (Home Depot all the way!) but we absolutely plan on it next year! After living in Boone for 3 years, I've always wanted to do when I had room for a big tree!

  31. Ashley @ Words About Waverly
    December 10, 2013 / 12:31 am

    So fun!!!! What an amazing experience! wordsaboutwaverly.blogspot.con

  32. Life as a Mrs.
    December 10, 2013 / 12:54 am

    Ooooohhhhhh…. I am loving the red and gold!! And don't worry, I never let my tree "settle." We cut the string and allow the branches to settle with the ornaments on!

  33. Bekah @ reโ€ขsolve
    December 10, 2013 / 2:35 am

    Already a stocking for miss Caroline; you're too cute!

  34. eHa
    December 10, 2013 / 12:17 pm

    Ohh! Your tree is so pretty! We always decorate ours the first day! Too! Except for this year because the tree took a long time to get up (our tree was 9 feet tall but are ceilings are low) and it was just about time for bed by the time we got the tree up.

  35. erica
    December 11, 2013 / 12:38 am

    Your tree is gorgeous!

  36. Samantha
    December 11, 2013 / 4:39 am

    I am so jealous you had the opportunity to cut down your tree! I have always wanted to do that. It is absolutely gorgeous. 'Pinterest worthy' as my Mother says!Samantha AModernNavyWife,com

  37. Megan@TwoDelighted
    December 11, 2013 / 1:18 pm

    So fun! I went to the mountains to a tree farm for the last 2 years and it is such a great experience. Feels much more authentic! Good lookin tree, lady. I love the picture of you with that chainsaw. Get em girl!!!

  38. Julie Joy
    December 13, 2013 / 1:08 am

    Awwww! Your tree is fabulous!!! I did a ribbon this year too! I love the idea of spray as well! Looks great!

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