I can never say the word "tradition" without thinking of Fiddler on the Roof.

In honor of the holiday season, I’m going to re-run a series of posts I wrote last year, sharing about our family traditions.  Actually, I’m going to use them as an outline, but I plan to edit and revise and tweak until they are a just a skeleton of their original posts.  OCD much?

Twelve years ago, I was a new bride of only four months when my husband informed me that his family always went to a tree farm to cut down their Christmas tree the Friday after Thanksgiving.  Due to allergies, I grew up with artificial trees, so the idea of having not only a real tree, but actually going to cut it down sounded like a scene from a storybook.  I couldn’t WAIT to go.

So that Black Friday of 1995, we set out to
get my very first "REAL" Christmas tree.  I had so much fun tromping through the trees in search of the perfect one.  We came home planning to keep the tree hydrated in a pot of water on
the front porch for a week or two until it was time to decorate it, as
his family always did. 

But being the bastion of patience that I am, I just couldn’t wait to decorate our first
Christmas tree so I talked Hubby into setting up and decorating it
that day.  And thus began our annual tradition of getting our tree and putting it up on Thanksgiving weekend. 

Ever since, on Black Friday, when half of the population is rushing
to the shopping malls and getting into fisticuffs over the Toy of the
Year, our family is bumping along in a tractor-drawn wagon at a local
tree farm in search of The Tree.

Afterwards, while Husband is getting the tree situated in its stand and stringing the lights, I pour some eggnog, turn on the Christmas music, and get to work unpacking the ornaments.  The kids love to help, although of course some of them are more helpful than others. 

This year we were in Virginia for Thanksgiving, so we have not been to get our tree yet.  In fact, tomorrow is the big day.  Now that our kids are old enough to participate and anticipate the event, it’s even more fun than ever.

So when do you get your tree?  Is it live or artificial?  Do you decorate it right away?  If you post about your own Christmas Tree tradition on your blog, let me know in my comments so I can be sure to come check it out.