It may be the most monumental of Christmas holiday traditions: the choosing of the tree. It must be the perfect tree; precise height and width (of course, not forgetting the need for ample space for maximum presents), superior in color and fragrance, with branches suited for flawless ornament-hanging.
Sometimes dad picks it out, hemming and hawing about how he would most effectively secure the tree to the roof of the car. Maybe mom picks it out, secretly delighted with her Martha Stewart eye and knack for choosing a tree which will a). continuously give off that fresh pine-needle scent, and b). not continuously shed pine needles all over the floor.
This year it was our 3-year-old who picked the tree. Out of rows and rows of beautiful trees, our son zoned in on one, waaaaaayyyy down towards the other side of the U-Cut field. He ran to this perfect, special tree, unseen yet by us, only on his radar, his pointer finger leading the way. When we finally reached it, our son with a big, satisfied grin on his face, we all agreed: we had found our perfect tree.
We visited McMurtrey’s Red-Wood Tree Farm in Redmond, a beautiful tree farm with over 20 years of Christmas tree experience. McMurtrey’s sells from both their U-Cut field and their pre-cut lot. (The U-Cut has closed for the season- it’s so popular that it only stays open for a couple of weeks. The pre-cut trees are available and ready to go)! For U-Cutters, McMurtrey’s offers hand saws and wagon rides from the field back to the lot. The staff is incredibly helpful, and will shake & bale your tree for free, as well as secure it to your car. The complimentary cocoa and candy canes are always a plus.
Some Christmas Tree trivia from the McMurtrey’s experts:
Douglas Firs do the best at low altitude and are the traditional tree in this area.
Noble Firs are the “premiere tree.” They last the longest, so are a good bet for families that like to buy their tree right after Thanksgiving, keeping it up through the New Year.
Fraser Firs are more popular on the East Coast, with needles that are blue on the bottom and green on the top.
Grand Firs have softer needles that are flat and strong, great for ornament-hanging. It also has a strong citrus aroma.
Taking the snow globe craft a step further….. Find directions here.
And we’ve got to have that sweet treat! Here’s a tasty Rice Krispie treat from Positively Splendid.