there are few questions as important in determining compatibility as, "fake tree or live tree." you may think i'm joking but i assure you that this is no laughing matter. in fact, i can recall at least one year in a previous relationship where this incredibly important decision was met with serious contention. i was relieved to discover that stijn and i were on the same side and therefore would not be finding ourselves having serious conversations and debates on the subject, the implications of which cannot be foreseen. thankfully we agree that a live tree is the way to go.
my commitment to live trees is rooted in a long standing strasser family tradition, hunting for that perfect tree at big tree plantation. for as long as i can remember, the weekend after thanksgiving we have made the pilgrimage to morrow, taken the carriage out to the fields, picked out a tree and cut it down, and then sipped hot chocolate while our tree was packed up for us. some things have changed over the years. we each buy our own tree now that we live in separate homes and we no longer listen to the chipmunks christmas album in the car on the way home but the tradition is just as cherished.
last year we were living in switzerland and couldn't very well fit a tree in our luggage so we went along for the ride and the nostalgia. this year we have travel plans to europe planned in the beginning of december followed immediately by christmas in cincinnati and so sadly it once again doesn't make sense for us to have a tree but that didn't stop us from joining the family as they all picked out their trees this weekend.
hopefully sometime soon we can have our own live tree and continue this tradition for our children.
more christmas traditions here and here