This year’s Christmas Tree

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It was snowing when I woke up the day after Thanksgiving. It was beautiful and magical and we made a quick pactย to stay cuddled inside all day. Originally the plan was (because it always is) to get the tree that day but the freezing temperatures and the quiet snow and the icy roads kept us in. I didn’t mind.

This is kind of a big deal for me because this girl loves her plans but the idea of being trapped at home – with nowhere to go and nothing to do (nothing but everything ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) was so exciting for me. I cleaned bathrooms and folded laundry (I know guys, it was crazy) but it was honestly just what I needed. Our Saturday was filled with plans (fun things but plans none the less) and so in my heart I prepared to not get our tree until Sunday at the earliest. But on our way from volunteering at a Small Business Saturday Christmas event our local game store was having, Bruce surprised me by stopping off at Rick’s.

This is our third year buying our tree from here ( Year One, Year Two) and we kinda can’t help it. We love that they are local, kind, and have a wonderful selection of trees. I like making a huge deal about everything and normally feel like tree picking out needs to be planned with cute outfits and other scheduledness but this one caught me by surprise and was snuck in between the Christmas party and the Christmas lights at the Broadmoor (#allthingsChristmas) It was a quick moment with just Bruce and I just before the store was closing.

It is hard to put it into words but thatย moment of picking out our tree was so sweet. It is as if I had no room to form all these expectations of how it would be and the tree we would find and the outfit I would where and the photos we would get. It was just Bruce and I talking in the car after spending the afternoon together and deciding to pick out our tree. In fact, I had my camera with me but the battery was nearly dead soย we just took photos until it died (full disclosure: I kinda wanted to freak out at this point but I realized how not worth it that was. Especially since it was still taking pictures! haha)

And it was just what I needed. I went in and out of stress this weekend with projects, obligations, house work, real work, relationships, etc but I kept reminding myself to slow down and take it all in. This season flies by so fast – life flies by so fast. Sometimes I think we feel like we need to prepare for all the best events and really pack in all the dreams,ย ideas, expectations, and pretty things but sometimes the quiet moments are the ones that touch our heart. Like our tree this year.

We found a big chunky one with branches that smell like heaven and needles that don’t scratch. I love him. And I loved the moment with my best friend.

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What are some of your favorite traditions? Are you more of a planner or spontaneous person? What are your favorite things about the season? How do you avoid the holiday stress and slow down?

xoxo, elizabeth

Author: Elizabeth Mayberry

  • I’m definitely a planner though the older I get the more I see that being an over-planner takes the fun out of things so I’m trying to let some things go! As for traditions, I hardly have any and its been bugging me this year. So I decided to start some traditions around here in the years to come! I love your tree picking post, thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

    • Oak & Oats

      Thank you Yara!!! Enjoy the season!

  • Those boots are adorable! I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Chaco? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Oak & Oats

      Girl! You are so right! I love me some Chacos!!!

  • Elizabeth! You’re just the cutest! I always loved getting my Christmas tree every year with my family…so many memories of family time, cookies, and hot chocolate! Enjoy this holiday season ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oak & Oats

      so fun! Enjoy your holiday season!

  • Picking out a tree in the snow looks like the best thing ever! I was wearing shorts when we got ours last week. Either way, there is definitely something so special about picking out the perfect tree and setting it up. It makes me so happy to see mine everyday!

    • Oak & Oats

      funny! Yes, it was way cold and snowy for Thanksgiving this year!

  • My family always gets our tree the first weekend in December and I can’t wait to get one with my husband this year. The past couple years we’ve been traveling and away from home most of the Christmas season, so we’ve never gotten a tree of our own. This will be our first year at home for Christmas and I’m excited that we’ll be getting our first tree together.

  • I am definitely a planner. I love decorating the tree and drinking eggnog.

    I try to have Christmas shopping done slowly over the year so that I am not freaking out about gifts last minute.

    I really appreciate your blog. It’s always so happy and uplifting to read!

  • What an absolutely adorable post! Love your tree and love that I got to go virtually along with you to pick it out!

    Ashley || Sed Bona

  • Such a wonderful reminder to slow down and enjoy the season! Always love your posts!

  • How fun!!! The tree lot is actually covered with REAL snow!!! Our California trees only look like that after they are sprayed with flocking. LOL

  • We got a tree pretty spontaneously this year–“it’s still November, but why not?”–and now our house smells AMAZING! Glad you got a day of rest before picking out that lovely tree ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oak & Oats

      I love that! And yes! There is nothing like sitting in the room with the christmas tree! Reading by christmas lights and smelling fresh pine!

  • You guys are adorable! Picking out our Christmas tree is one of my absolute favorite things to do. The memories are worth the extra work it takes!


  • Loving those boots!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much! They are Chacos!

  • you are adorable! And what a FUN tradition! Ours include cozy night driving to look at lights, new PJs on Christmas eve and LOTS of parties and nights in watching Christmas movies <3

    • Oak & Oats

      I lvoe all the Christmas movies!

  • So cute!!

  • So sweet! Love this story. I am totally a planner and this year traveling full-time SO many little things go “wrong” and I have had to learn to let the day keep rolling and not take it out on my husband ๐Ÿ™‚ It does yield the best moments when you can take what comes with no expectations. As for Christmas trees.. cutting one down every year after Thanksgiving was a yearly tradition we had until this year. it was our first official date and has so it just ups the Christmas spirit for me! haha

    • Oak & Oats

      I love that so much! And yes, it way ups the Christmas Spirit for me too!

  • amy

    i love the smell of a real tree!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
    and these pictures – on point friend, so glad that even though the plans changed, you embraced the moments!

    • Oak & Oats

      I love them too! I get the real wreath too because I just cannot help it!!