On the second day in Rochester, Grammy said to us, “let’s go cut down a Christmas tree.”
We awoke to a cold and blustery morning, but no snow, much to Davey’s dismay. By mid morning, we trekked through Kunz’s Christmas Tree Farm near Penfield, NY in search of a tree for Grammy’s house. It’s been quite some time since I’ve actually sought out a live Christmas tree and on a farm no less. Live trees are cumbersome, they’re messy, they require regular maintenance, and you’re cleaning up their needles for the next year, but they’re also fresh, aromatic, and even romantic.
The last time I had a live Christmas tree, I was in Charleston, SC in 2001. The last time I hiked through the woods of a tree farm, my brother was five years old, I was 11, and my mother was miserable. 29 years later, and I’m searching for a tree.
What did we want? We listened to the owner discuss when he’d planted trees, how many he’d already cut, the fact that we were early or perhaps he was late, and which tree would be best to meet the criteria we had. There was blue spruce, douglas fir, fraser fir, pine, and a few others. We were given a cart and a hack saw, we were definitely getting back to the adventure and reality of getting a Christmas tree.
My husband led the group, my father-in-law complained about the fact that my mother-in-law had two perfectly good fake trees in storage, and my mother-in-law and sister-in-law chaperoned the boys who were nearly bundled up beyond recognition.
We walked a few hundred yards, inhaling the crisp western NY cold air. Mother Nature was definitely playing her role in the whole “Doser Family Searches for Tree” scene.
There was every tree imaginable…full ones; short ones; tall ones; fat, tubby ones; and even ones that resembled the pitiful tree from a Charlie Brown Christmas. After very little debate we landed on a tree. What kind? I couldn’t possibly tell you and I was quickly losing faith in the young lad who attempted to tell us. He looked over the tree, stroked its needles with his gloved hand, before taking off his glove and rubbing the needles. He closed his eyes for a moment, as if willing the tree to speak to him through osmosis of the needles. I chuckled and had to walk away, no offense to any of you “tree whisperers” out there.
My husband gallantly and a bit exhaustingly, I might add, cut down the tree, loaded it onto the cart, and trucked it off. The entire event took a mere 30 minutes of our time, but was truly an enjoyable experience. Davey created a song to the tune of “Going on a Bear Hunt”, while Henry did his best to keep up on the walk.
Day two of Thanksgiving in Rochester is in the history books. Day two of the excitement and adventure that surrounds the worlds of Grammy and Aunt Dee Dee. Day two of my boys truly being the most well behaved little angels I never thought I had. 🙂