Our Annual Tree Trip

Yesterday we made our annual tree trip to the Merry Christmas Tree Farm in Central, SC. It’s about an hour from here toward Clemson, SC. There is no direct route to this place, but it is worth the trip. We have been about four times now. They have thousands of trees in all different directions.

You walk up to the shed, pick out a saw, get some hot chocolate and decide which direction you want to walk. Yesterday we put Haydn in charge of selecting the tree this year. He ran about 1/4 mile between the rows of trees and picked out one that was nearly 10 feet high. 

I had to explain to him that it would not fit in their room. (This year we’re putting the tree upstairs in their room so you can see it from the road/cul-de-sac.) Haydn picked out a beautiful tree, but it was huge. Besides being too high it was too big. It was amazingly huge. If they don’t sell this one this year I’m not sure what they’ll do with it. Maybe the Biltmore House in Ashville will want it.

I gave him another turn at selecting and somewhat steered him in the right direction. He got in the vicinity of more “doable” trees. We decided on a nice symetrical 7-footer. I tried to coax them into cutting it down. They gave it a shot, but the back-and-forth action was way too much for them.

Once it was cut down we began the dragging process. Joy!! Lucia and I managed to get it back to the shaking and netting machines. They shook it, tied it and then placed in on top of the van for us and secured it for the long journey home.

We then went off for a Charlie Brown tree. Haydn was particularly excited about this, though he didn’t know what a CBT was. When we arrived to the free CBT the children just didn’t get it. It was like, “Dad, what are we supposed to do with that?” It was funny.

We did find a four footer, which was 10 bucks to put in our Master bedroom. It’s quite romantic. The kids partially cut it and carried it the whole way back to the machines. I was impressed by their stamina to carry that tree. They helped the men put it on the shaking machine and got to turn the machine on and help shake it. They also helped pull it through the netting machine and we all loaded it on the van, once the kids toted it to the van.

We arrived home in an hour and begin the messy process of decorating!

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Rick Thomas leads a training network for Christians to assist them in becoming more effective soul care providers. RickThomas.Net reaches people around the world through consulting, training, podcasting, writing, counseling, and speaking. In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology, and 1991 he received a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, CA. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). He also received certification from the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC). His organization is a training center for IABC.

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