We have driven to the mountains to choose a fresh Christmas tree since the very first Christmas we were married. Most years, the weather has been kind. However, I do recall one year before our son was born when it was drizzling rain and the mud was so thick, the tree farm employees couldn't drive the wagon up the hills to collect the cut trees, so we had to manhandle our tree down the hill to the baler. And more than once, there has been a biting wind that whipped through our clothes as we stood exposed on the mountain, facilitating a rather speedy selection of the tree. In fair weather (or not so fair), I'm just very thankful that for 26 years we've been able to carry on this family tradition.
Our son was standing next to the tree while I stood next to one for my in-laws while my husband went to find the fellows with the chain saw.
We didn't take but a few pictures at the tree farm, so I threw in a few from last year's trip.
Visits to the Christmas tree farm are always a family affair -- lots of children and dogs. :)
After we left the tree farm, we drove about an hour to the small town of West Jefferson, NC, to visit the Ashe County Cheese Store.
Isn't this the cutest building?
We used to make this side trip every year after we purchased our trees, but we've skipped it for the last several years. This year, we decided to take the extra time because it was such a nice day to drive the winding country roads to Ashe County. Ironically, the further we drove, the clouds started rolling in and the wind whipped up; and when we got to the cheese shop, it was cold. The temperature must have dropped 15 degrees during that short trip.
Since we were last here, they've made a few changes to the cheese store and factory.
I love these cows!! These tanks used to be just a plain gray color (with no cow heads). Now they have personality.
Since we were last here, the store has expanded to carry a selection of wines from North Carolina vineyards...
...as well as jams, jellies, relishes, and salsas.
Fun, holiday-shaped cheeses...
...and delicious fudge.
So we've officially kicked off the Christmas season at our house.
Thank you for visiting House at Forest Manor. I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with delicious food, mouth-watering aromas, family, friends, football ;), and most of all a day filled with a multitude of blessings for which to be thankful!
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