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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

As if this past weekend wasn't already good enough with all of the Thanksgiving and Clemson/Carolina game festivities, Patrick and I squeezed in one last activity to make it a truly perfect weekend.
We went to a local Christmas tree farm to cut down our first Christmas tree!
Columbia friends: Drafts Tree Farm is off of Midway Road in Lexington and our 8.5 foot tree was only $40! Patrick and I also know the family who runs this tree farm so for us, it was nice to be able to support their business.
Some of my favorite memories growing up are of going out to the Christmas tree farm on the morning after Thanksgiving to cut down our tree. We'd go with several families from our church and it was always a blast. I'm glad that I have this goof to make Christmas tree farm memories with now!

We found the perfect Christmas tree for us at the back edge of their property.

But then we started second guessing our decision and had to take another look at all of the trees again. This one ended up being the winner:

Guess who actually helped saw that bad boy down?

I handed the saw over to Patrick after like two minutes and let him finish off the sawing.

Got a tree!

 Pro-tip: measure your ceilings before purchasing a Christmas tree. We got our tree in the stand and in the house only to realize that it was just a tiny bit too tall for our ceilings. Whoops.

An hour {and several Michael Buble Christmas songs later} we had our tree up with lights! Am I a little bit obsessed with it? Yes, yes I am.

I have been waiting for the day when Patrick and I would finally own our own house and be able to decorate it for Christmas. Being able to have a real Christmas tree is the best ever, especially after having a little fake Christmas tree in my apartment for so many years.
Next up: decorate it! And find something to put at the top of the tree because while we have dozens of ornaments that we've collected over the years, a tree topper is something we don't have.


  1. Your tree looks great!!! I can't wait to see it all decorated!

  2. Aww looks so fun!! We have never actually cut down our own tree but it looks so much fun! We ended up using a fake tree this year because we are going to be gone 2 weeks in December and I wanted a tree but I didn't want it to die! But I am definitely not the type of person who likes fake trees! Next year we will for sure going back to the real deal!

  3. Makes my heart happy to see that the farm does the honor system. There is still good in this world! Your tree looks great! I stressed over finding a topper last year and ended up just buying some pretty ribbon from Tuesday morning and making a huge bow -- tree topper definitely would have been easier but it was a fun way to mix it up!

  4. Your tree is pretty perfect!! I bet the smell is just amazing!! I think one day we'll do the real tree thing, but for now...limited space we have our trust fake one - 7 years and going strong! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  5. Your living room is so cute! We used to go cut down our tree but haven't in awhile! We have a tiny living room plus we tend to go out of town, so it's easier to use a fake one.

  6. Ahh loving your Christmas tree! It is so perfect and love that you guys cut it down yourself, how cool?! Your mantle looks amazing too! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  7. I love this!! So neat they let you just cut the tree & leave money for it. Looks beautiful in your home!

  8. What awesome prices for trees! I have been looking for a tree farm around here (the last 2 years we've just done Costco since we could literally walk it from their parking lot to our apartment haha).

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

  9. What a sweet place to get a tree - I love how you helped chop it down! Next year in the new house we're doing a fake tree for me and getting a real tree for Derek and I can't wait for my first experience!

  10. Looks like the perfect tree. Your living room is so cute.

  11. Yay for your first tree in you new house! And I can't believe it was $40... that's insane! Ours was almost double that.. Charlotte prices :/

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

  12. It's so perfect! Doesn't the tree make your house just feel so cozy every day?!


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