My Holiday House

I love a big Christmas Tree! Although, I have to admit I am cheating in that this is last year's tree. It couldn't be avoided. I wanted to join Julia's Holiday House Tour and lazy me still hasn't gotten my tree up! This was our first Christmas following a new marriage and move into a brand new house. We were thrilled with our cathedral ceilings and left unsupervised, my husband and I, encouraged by our kids, went totally overboard with this 11ft. White Pine. Blue Spruce is normally my favorite but alas, we couldn't find one big enough and this monstrosity won us over. It definitely made for a memorial first Christmas.

I absolutely love Amaryllis, and always have them at the
holidays, although I can never manage to keep
them alive long enough for the following year.

So, shame on me for being so late with my Christmas preparations. Finally, just today, my husband, daughter and I
headed out to Ingalls Tree Farm in Brooklyn, Connecticut,
in search of the perfect Christmas Tree. That's right,
not New York. This Brooklyn is definitely in the sticks!
It was a cold but sunny day here in New England and we were determined to fine the perfect tree. Unfortunately, they were all a bit too wee for me at Ingalls... we headed to nearby Allen Hill Tree Farm also in Brooklyn. Beautiful views and 100 acres of trees. There must be one with our name on it!

Here is the family home that sits atop the hill, where we
found the perfect tree just steps from their back lawn.

Guess who cut it down. I'll give you a hint - it wasn't me!

Mission Accomplished! My favorite - a blue spruce!


We are THAT Family said...

Wow! What an amazing beautiful tree...I miss the fresh ones. Thank you for sharing it!

Gigi said...

That was truly a memorable tree of great magnitude :)
We've nearly had spousal fights just getting a 7 foot tree in the stand, so I can't imagine what it was like getting that one up! It was worth it though. Hope this year's tree is just as special in its own way.
Merry Christmas!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

An 11 ft white pine?! Holy moly! That's gorgeous! I can't even imagine the work that would be, so my hat's off to you. And I love the shot of it with all those brightly wrapped presents around it.

I'm so glad you joined the party, Marie Louise. What a fun post. Thanks! -Julia :-)

Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes said...

Oh..My..God! Now that's a Christmas tree! lol I'm sure kids would fall in love with a tall tree like that! Good luck in getting your tree up and thank you for the tour!

jennwa said...

Great tree!!!!

Maya@Completely Coastal said...

And I thought over six foot was a tall tree. Amazing and beautiful!

Robin said...

Hey I recognize that penguin! ;-)

Love the view from the balcony.

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Your tree is lovely!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Gorgeous tree! Thanks for joining my tour today too. I love your big tree & have fond memories of cutting the tree when I was growing up. That was such a fun thing to do as a family.

Lora said...

Oh, I love huge Christmas trees!! That shot of all the trees on the farm is just beautiful,too.

Merry Christmas!

Dana and Daisy said...

Oh my Gosh! That is the biggest Christmas tree I have ever seen in a private home! lol!

Come by and see our little itty bitty tree.

Love, Dana and Daisy
A Cat in My Lap said...

That tree was amazing! I'm sorry we didn't get to spend more time together at the Linden partY!

Laura B. said...

Love the tree. Amaryllis is stunning.

Lora said...

I love the angle you used on your first photo! All your pictures are really good. And the amaryllis is amazing!
Merry Christmas!

Fifi Flowers said...

BEAUTIFUL tree... who cares if it's from last year... I'm sure this year's photo would be just as beautiful!
ENJOY the Holiday Season!
Fifi said...

I would love to cut down a tree one day! How fun! I'm so picky about the shape of it! Your colors are perfect for me. I have blue and green mostly. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with all of us!

Carey said...

What a beautiful home. I love your tree!
Happy holidays!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Awwww...Miss the annual cutting of the tree. Your first one was fantabulous! This one will most likely even be better!

Found You from Julias Hooked on Houses Blog....I am in there somewhere too...but a bit more tropical!

sandra/tx said...

What a lovely home. I loved your tour. I could almost smell the evergreen scent. :-)

Ms. Tee said...

Your tree is beautiful! And I love the name of the tree farm - like Little House on the Prairie. :) Thanks for sharing it with us!

JanMary said...

Beautiful tree.

Thanks for sharing your Christmas.

Merry Christmas to you and yours from Northern Ireland.

Frugal Finds said...

Very nice!!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Cutting your own tree is such a great family tradition! Last year's tree is a beauty!


a little bird said...

I also miss the fresh trees. My parents have opted for the fake tree, and it's not the same when you have to worry about the tree "melting" when too close to the fire!

happy tuesday ;)

Miss G said...

What beautiful photography! I love the arrangement of your living room. This is my first Christmas with my husband! Kelly

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Just beautiful! Thanks for stopping by my party too. Merry Christmas to your family!

jenjen said...

What a beautiful tree. Your house looks so lovely. Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!


Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your decorations are so pretty.
I hope you'll visit my blog soon. I've had giveaway's every Friday in December.

KBInsogna said...

What a tree!! Beautiful!

Merry Christmas!

A World in a PAN said...

Oh, I am so late too! But your post has inspired me and I'll rush later this morning to buy a (small) Christmas tres! THank you.

Sabina said...

Wow, I'm impressed!! Have a wonderful Holiday Season!!

Merry Friday!!

Keetha said...

I stopped by for the tour.

Merry Christmas!

Pratishtha Durga said...

Wow...beautiful tree. Hope you have a great Christmas.

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Sandra Ree said...

Hey Marie Louise, wishing you a very Merry, Merry Christmas. And what a gorgeous tree.


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à toutes les personnes
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28 décembre 2008 16:37

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The Lil Bee said...

Hi ML, Just popping over to wish you the happiest of holidays! How have you been? I would've put last year's tree photo up, too, had it been this pretty. We had so much fun getting a tree this year for our new home...I can relate;)

Pratishtha Durga said...

Hey, thanks for your comment on shotcouture giveaway. Will declare the results after 15th Jan.

For now, wishing you and your loved ones a great New Year 2009.

"It's never too late to be who you might have been." --George Eliot