Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ho Ho Holiday

Once again, I am in awe of the lovely and talented people I have met in my short blogging life span. I managed to squeeze myself into a fine group for a Ho Ho Holiday Swap. Today, I will be a guest poster on Wonder, Friend. Check it out HERE

My fabulous guest post comes from Ashley at Just Another Mom of 2.

Our Magic Tree

There's nothing quite like getting settled in a new state only days before Christmas. While moving at any time of the year is stressful, the holidays take it to a whole new level. We typically drive and bring along our Christmas decorations. However,this year, because we were moving so far- from the East Coast to Alaska- we decided to take a new approach. We would simply put Christmas together- in 5 days or less. Piece of cake.


Of course, the main component to our celebration is the Christmas tree. We did not think twice about it- I mean, really, how hard could it be to find a tree in Alaska?

Ahem again.

Sure enough, there was some sort of Christmas tree shortage in all of Anchorage. Yes, seriously. We drove all around, visited multiple nurseries, called high and low- all as we drove past no fewer than three hundred perfect Christmas trees on the side of the highway.

Finally, after hours of searching and tears and frustration, we call the last number on the google search list. Our toddler had now been screaming for forty-five minutes, our five year old had been repeating "where's our tree" for hours, and we were now pulling into a parking lot called Bob's for our outdoorsy tree adventure.
We cautiously got the kids out of the car, glancing suspiciously at the -very- tiny selection- none taller than my 22 month old. Snow had started to fall, the sun was setting and it was about 5 degrees outside.
I'm not sure if the man saw my daughter's tear-stained cheeks or the ones threatening to spill out of my eyes, but he led us around to the side. He told us he had this one bundled up for someone, but they had changed their mind and wanted a smaller one instead. He was closing up and had all but forgotten about it- but said it was ours if we wanted it.

Bob became our new hero. And a few hours later, as we settled in front of the tree, with the fire blazing and the snow falling outside, the day became our new favorite memory.

Want more holiday memories? Here's a linky to our Ho Ho Holiday Swap participants!


Truthful Mommy said...Best Blogger Tips

Awww, so happy that you found a tree that was suitable. Bob saved Christmas!GO BOB!Hope you have a lovely Christmas in your new home in Anchorage!

Mama P said...Best Blogger Tips

It's momement's like these that truely make Christmas special. The spirit of people, I love it! It is soo good you found a tree! Nice guy that bob is!

Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip said...Best Blogger Tips

Wow, that's quite a story! I'm so happy that Bob saved the day! I'm fascinated by your move to Alaska. How do you like it? What is it like? I'll have to pop on over to your blog and learn more! I love hearing about life in new places. Hope you are having a good holiday! Great to meet ya!

Liz said...Best Blogger Tips

Oh, wow! This is truly like a story out of the movies!

I think Bob is Santa's right hand man!

Ashley - My Front Porch Swing said...Best Blogger Tips

Thank you everyone! I was so relieved there was a tree. I have got to post a picture of the side of the "highway" here. It's the biggest road in Anchorage and there are trees- Christmas trees- everywhere. However, available for purchase?? NADA. We seriously got the last one larger than my toddler. In ALL of Anchorage!

BalancingMama (Julie) said...Best Blogger Tips

I loved having you here today! Finally trying to get through all these great posts. The first #HoHoHolidaySwap was a blast!

Natalie said...Best Blogger Tips

Bob is a great guy! So it's like a little Charlie Brown Christmas tree? You'll have to post a picture...and an update about the move too!

Sherri said...Best Blogger Tips

Oh man, I think that tree was meant to be yours! There's just something about needing a tree to set the whole scene....

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