This weekend we had the privilege of getting our Christmas tree from our friend Dave's family farm in Orangeville, New York - a bit less than an hour southeast of Buffalo. Orangeville is home to many an iconic red barn, old cemetery, rolling hills of farmland and deer grazing in fields immediately along the road.
The farm has a chicken coup, apple orchard, cider press, woods full of maple trees, a gorgeous creek lined and flanked by shale (complete with deep swimming holes and a very convenient adjacent grass clearing for a colony of tents...) and a patch of evergreens that were planted years ago for the purpose of providing family and friends with Christmas trees.
The weather was perfect. Having no snow yet in Buffalo, it was a treat to see just a bit on the ground - enough to make everything that much more Christmasy and beautiful, but not enough to make it difficult to trek through the woods to the evergreen patch. The sun was out, and the air was crisp but not too cold for one wee two month old's first hike, in the most adorable little bear romper outfit ever. Eli, you handled the great wintery outdoors like a champ!
And our friend Dave, a brewer at Naked Dove brewery in Canandaigua, New York, kindly brought along a growler of their porter - a wholly appropriate brew for drinking in the woods at 11 am.
Posing with our tree!
This is the first year that we've had a tree with this shape - not the super dense conical shaped tree we normally get at the nursery around the corner from us. It made hanging the lights a little more challenging, but I love how I could hang ornaments all over the tree - close to the trunk and on the outer edges. It is my favorite Christmas tree yet!
It was by far the loveliest time we've ever had fetching a Christmas tree - can't thank Chrissy and Dave enough for inviting us along for the adventure!