Thursday, November 29, 2012

it's beginning to smell a lot like christmas

it's funny how the minute thanksgiving ends, christmas seems to begin. 
in fact, christmas sometimes takes over stores and homes and the radio even before we have a chance to give thanks. 

though i am definitely all about giving thanksgiving it's time to shine, i have no problem joining in the christmas spirit once thanksgiving festivities are all said and done. and i have been eagerly awaiting the chance to go hunt for a tree!

 and so i bring you..
the first annual barrett family
 picking out the perfect tree is probably my favorite part of decorating for the holidays.
the best part has to be the smell! there is nothing like the smell of a fresh cut tree. 

i heard tell of a little family-owned christmas tree lot run right out of their front yard, so we went.
it was perfect. an adorable grandpa came and greeted us and told us about all his trees and about the good old days when they used to be just fifty cents each. 

if you are looking for a tree in provo, look at Baum's, 1650 N 1250 W! they have a surprising amount of variety and sizes, all at an extremely good price. who doesn't love supporting a local business?
this little tree caught my eye when we first arrived, but you have to explore all your options! 
 i was especially excited to be picking out a tree with this guy. it is so fun to begin to create and start our very own holiday traditions. 
i loved how several of the trees had adorable pinecones, they give the trees such a woodsy feel.
 wandering through rows of christmas trees brings me such joy! 
christmas is coming: a time to be with family, give gifts of love, and remember Christ. 
we kept going back to that first tree, and after plenty of exploring we decided it was the one!
this one was a close second. 
when it fit all jolly and snug right in the backseat of our car, we knew we had picked the right one.
i really think there is some inspiration involved in this. these trees are special. 
 we did it! 
and what fun it was. i can't wait to get decorating, but until we find some ornaments and lights, 
we will enjoy the wonderful smell. 

as i said before, i truly believe these trees are a beautiful symbol of Christ during this holiday season.

"The Christmas tree is an ancient custom that exalts the value of life, because the evergreen tree remains unchanged through the harshness of winter. When gifts are arranged under the tree, it because a symbol of the tree of life, a figure of Christ, God's greatest gift to all men."

no matter what faith we belong to or what we believe in, the evergreen tree can be a symbol of hope: it continues to thrive despite winter's cold, and similarly, we can find joy in the journey even when faced with the hardest of trials. hopefully we all can find even more reason to be joyful
 during this time of the year.

i wish you all a very merry holiday season! 


  1. Hey Madeline! I'm Sariah, You don't know me, but I ran accross your blog the other day, and I love it! I am newly married too! But I wanted to tell you, that I nominated you for an award! Go to my blog to check it out:

    You are darling!

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  2. We will try once more...we were delighted to visit your apartment last Saturday evening and see the very tree that is the object of this blog. It was just right for your aparmnet and the smell was wonderful and very Christmasy. It brings the Christmas spirit with or without decorations. The packages underneath its boughs could well be enough decoration in addition to the pine cones scattered throughout the tree. Have a very Merry Christmas and for sure begin now with the traditions that will last a lifetime (at least). We love you. Grandpa and Grandma Hart

  3. Looks like you guys really had fun Christmas tree shopping!! We opted for a fake tree our first Christmas together, but I love the look and smell of the real ones!

  4. New subscriber!! This is a beautiful post and helped me to reflect on the true nature of Christmas. We just moved so we're on a budget, and going to have a simple holiday, which is a first for us (lol). At first I felt a little sad about not having all the stuff we usually do but now I feel relieved that it will be simple and focused on what matters most: love and faith.
    Many blessings to you and your family!!
    PS LOVE the red top you were wearing!!

    1. i just wanted to say thank you for this comment. it really made my day and i am so glad that you were able to find joy even in a simpler christmas. it really is all about love! and i got that top in london! so fun.

  5. ok so... this is kinda crazy. and i dont even know HOW i accidentaly came accross your blog. but i dont know if you remember me.. from EFY a few years ago at the U.? we were pen pals for a little while after and you sent me... hahaha the funniest birthday letter ever full of magazine cut outs of six pack abbs and presents and stuff.? my hair is a little longer now.. it was super short then.. but hey!! :D love love loooove your blog! me and my husby did this SAME thing this year and it was so fun! we are going to keep it a tradition too ;) hopefully. good to see you again! you and your husband are so cute.