Through it all I’m reminded how important it is to enjoy the journey!
Our Christmas tree hunt this year started out a little unconventional. The past couple years our tradition has been to take a day and drive down to Huber Orchard and Winery to pick out our tree. They have options to cut your own tree, music, food and of course, wine! So this year, being ever so plan-full (note the sarcasm), I asked James if he would be up for going on our way home from Thanksgiving at my parents in Arkansas. Why not? We were already in the car and this would help “free-up” one of our upcoming weekends. He agreed and so we set the GPS for Huber Farms. Apparently we have more than one Huber family with land in Indiana and the one we entered had neither Christmas trees nor wine. Ahh, the best laid plans!
Last year at Huber Winery…how is it possible for her to change so much in one year?!
By the time we realized our mistake it was too late to make it to our originally planned destination before dark. We were also left quickly scrambling to find ANY Christmas tree farms along our current route since we had spent the last 6 hours trying to convince Jordan this long car ride was FUN and would be SO WORTH IT because we were going to get our Christmas tree! So, our amazing parenting technique, bribery, was about to backfire!
Thank you, Google, which quickly led us to Hunter’s Honey Farm in Martinsville, and their cute shop did not disappoint! In addition to their different varieties of honey, they also have candles, honey candy and treats, BBQ sauces, Honey Mustard sauces, soaps, and the list goes on! Jordan was especially impressed with the honey tastings and I believe I cut her off somewhere around her 5th spoonful of honey. They even had a station set up for kids to decorate their own Christmas cookies! However, we (and by we, I of course mean I) were on the hunt for a Griswold style tree so the gentleman behind the counter was nice enough to give us the address to the DeHart Christmas tree farm in Franklin. After all of this, I’m sure Jordan thinks our “tradition” is a Christmas tree scavenger hunt!
Finally out of the car and running off all the honey at Hunter’s Honey Farm
So the next day we headed over to the DeHart Christmas Tree Farm in Franklin, not knowing quite what to expect. Wow, this farm has an amazing selection of Christmas trees!! They had a huge selection of pre-cut trees and were offering rides to go out onto the farm if you didn’t find a tree you liked out of their pre-cut options. Everyone helping us was so friendly and whole area had cute decorations everywhere! I believe the first tree I asked James to pull out for us to look at wound up being a 12 ft. tree. He was able to talk me down a couple feet and we decided on a 10 ft. tree which still may have been a little aggressive on my part, but we were able to get the star on top!
Overall, I’m calling it a win! We missed our Huber fix this year but were led to discover Hunter’s Honey Farm and the DeHart Christmas Tree Farm in the process, two jewels sitting right in our own backyard! And we now have our Griswold style tree up and decorated. Sometimes, you just have to remember to enjoy the journey!