The Perfect Tree – Finding Perfection
There is a lot of anticipation in our house this week. The upcoming weekend is our annual sortie into the woods to find the perfect tree to decorate for the Holidays. We don’t have a particular place or tradition for getting the tree sometimes we swing by one of the local Maine tree farms close to our house but we have also been known to go out in the back acreage and find a wild tree. Once we have decided if we will go and cut one or grab one at the market stand the hunt is on.
The challenge is always how do we find the ‘perfect’ tree? How big should it be? Round and full? or a little thinner so the ornaments hang down? At the farm there are even choices of what variety of spruce to bring home! It is hard for it not to become overwhelming especially when everyone has a different opinion about just what constitutes ‘perfect.’
Depending on how cold it is the search may be long or due to frozen fingers and toes it may be a short trek to the nearest good looking spot. ‘Perfect’ becomes relative when the promise of hot chocolate is involved.
The funny thing is that no matter which tree we end up getting everyone always declares it ‘perfect’ even when it requires a 6” decapitation to fit in the house or takes up half the room. It is the time with family and the tradition of actually doing this together every year that truly makes it ‘perfect.’