Now that we are less than two weeks from Christmas, I have given
everyone my family the go ahead to get ready for the holiday. And we all know what Step One in readying for the holiday is. That’s right, getting a Christmas tree.
So, off to the $35 Christmas Tree Lot we went!
It was weird. Even for him.
But I pointed out that we had three kids in the car who might not take so kindly to the sudden cancellation of Christmas Tree Day, so he found a nearby spot to squeeze into as he continued to throw a hissy fit about the poor parking jobs of the other customers. And then we almost got into a fist fight when he tried to mug me for my piece of paper on which I was writing, “and then Alex got all huffy about the parking spot…”
He just doesn’t understand the import of proper blog reporting.
We always go to the $35 Christmas Tree Lot because even though their gimmick is that they offer $35 trees, they hope you’ll be dissatisfied with those and buy one of their many beautiful $85 trees. Unfortunately for them, we are perfectly happy with their $35 trees, of which there were many.
Refusing to fall for this gambit, we decided to try a different lot and headed over to one run by the local rescue squad. It was totally the right decision. First of all, they had a large selection of $39 trees. After a vigorous debate twixt Sam, Jack, and Quinn, we decided on one.
But tree selection wasn’t the only reason this tree lot was better. This lot, run by firefighters, had…well, firefighters. And firefighter hats for the munchkins. And chocolate candy instead of just candy canes. AND coloring books and rulers and pencils and it was all worth the extra $4 per tree.
Seems weird at a firefighter tree lot, but whatever.
And you know what else? Smokey the Bear was there.
I have a soft spot in my heart for Smokey the Bear, so I was delighted to see him. Quinn really wasn’t. He waved at him—from a distance—but there was some screaming and resisting when I suggested he actually stand next to the giant bear wearing a hat and grandpa jeans.
And, without further ado, I present unto you…