The Adventure of our 2017 Christmas Tree

The Holidays couldn’t come any faster. This time last year we were still in Thailand and we didn’t get much of a Holiday season at all. So this year the anticipation for Thanksgiving, getting a Christmas tree, and enjoying the Holidays became high.

Today we planned to get our Christmas tree from a farm in Los Gatos. Getting there didn’t happen as smooth as we hoped. When we started our car it didn’t sound well. We ordered some Starbucks and while we picked up our drinks, Andrew popped the hood of our car. He found out that we had really low oil. Almost non-existent. (Yikes!) Not to fear – we were close to an O’Reilly’s and he grabbed a couple quarts to pour inside the thirsty engine. We stood around and sipped our Holiday drinks in the Starbucks parking lot.

Then we hit the freeway. It was about a thirty minute drive and we were a mile away from the farm.

There are signs to turn right for Frosty’s Christmas Tree Farm (where we were headed) and four other tree farms too. Sadly, the road was blocked and closed with giant orange cones and construction trucks. There were no other farms this side of the mountain.

Instead of turning around google maps gave us an alternate route – 18 miles and 31 minutes away. We continued and twenty minutes on a very windy road we realized it was more construction to a dead end. Thanks, Google Maps.

So we turned around a little car sick and a tad bit disheartened. Once we got closer to the major freeway we got  full cell phone reception again and thank goodness for Yelp, found another christmas tree farm on the other side of the freeway.

We were determined. Insert: Patchen Christmas Tree Farm.

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We were greeted by a very nice gentleman (the owner) who gave us a saw, and brochure on what kind of trees they have growing, and how much they cost. Each tree is color coded, and this determines the rate for each tree. There are minimum costs for each tree – no matter how short or tall they are. $60, $70, and $80 respectively.

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It was beautiful, and enjoyed the fruit trees that were planted sporadically throughout the property.

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We searched and searched!

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My younger sister Chelsea reading the rings on a cut tree stump.

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A worthy contender.

LRG_DSC07592 Finally, a tree we all agree on! Either that or we were getting tired and hungry. (Maybe a mix of all three.) It’s cute and round, and minimal. Somehow we are attracted to minimalistic trees.

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Really excited to take this home… and use the saw.

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Andrew makes the first cut.

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Chelsea contributes.

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I get in on some of the action, too!

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The tree is cut and Andrew goes down to get it netted. The owner complimented that our tree was cut clean. Good teamwork!

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We get a box of twine (inclusive with the rate) and tie it to roof.

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Patchen Farms is a fun place. Not only do they have a lot of trees to choose from, there is a huge space to hang out, and shop. There are picnic tables to sit at if you pack a lunch.

You can spend almost the whole day here.

We visited on a Monday before noon, and there was a handful of other people there. A great experience as we felt like we had the place mostly to ourselves.

They accept credit cards + cash.

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Photos of tree and the cutest helper. Our ornaments are a collection of sentiment, from places we visited or personal memorabilia. Except that gold snowflake, its there simply because its cute.

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Happy Holidays everyone! 

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