Holiday Roundup

It’s crunch time, people!  Thanksgiving is just a few days away.  On the bright side, we’re one day closer to being allowed to celebrate Christmas unabashedly, without any of the Charlie Browns complaining that it’s too early!  Woohoo!  I’m especially looking forward to our family’s favorite holiday prep tradition–cutting down our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving!  


Last year’s tree, pre-cutting (please ignore our youngest’s stink face…we usually do).

It’s such a great way to get in the spirit of the season, and when we cut it down that early, the weather is often still nice, even in MinneSNOWta (not always, but often).  Best of all, the place we go has tons of free activities: pony rides, a dog sled ride, petting zoo, horse-drawn wagon rides, and a bonfire.  If you’re in the Twin Cities, make sure to check out B&J Evergreen in Clear Lake, MN (and no, I’m not getting paid to say that–heck, so far, I’m not getting paid to say anything!  Ha!).  You won’t be disappointed!


Brian honing his mad lumberjack skilz.

To get you in the holiday spirit, we’ve included some links to other bloggers’ suggestions to have a great holiday season.  All of these lovely ladies are members with us on a Facebook group called the Mom Blog Tribe.  We love them!  Check them out:


Engineered Motherhood has great tips on How to Stay Productive During the Holidays

Short Sweet Mom offers advice on How to Keep Your Sanity During the Holidays

Taylor 411 has great suggestions on Passing Down the Holiday Family Traditions


What are your favorite holiday traditions?  Or perhaps this time of year is not one that you look forward to–how would you like to be recognized respectfully?  Please let us know in the comments below.  I have always found that the best way to share love and respect is to start a dialogue.  And, above all, isn’t love the best gift to give at Christmas?

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  • Amy
    November 17, 2016 at 6:37 am

    My brother-in-law proposed to my sister-in-law at a tree farm with a tree all wrapped up with a giant bow and one tiny gift box under the tree. Ever since then, they go out every year and cut their own tree the day after Thanksgiving. It’s a really sweet tradition that their kids love to be a part of. As for me, I got my tree at IKEA last year so…not so sentimental. 🙂

    • Laura and Melessa
      November 17, 2016 at 8:08 am

      Ha! I love your in-laws’ story so much! But I love keepin’ it real with your side as well! 🙂

  • Savannah (@HowHesRaised)
    November 18, 2016 at 5:46 am

    I have never ever been to a tree farm, but I just LOVE the idea of going and cutting your own tree down. My son is 19 months, and what a perfect time to start our own family tradition!! Thanks for sharing <3

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