We decided to show our Japanese friends the Christmas decorating experience -- and that started with a visit to Tannenbaum Farms to get our tree!
It was a cold, windy day and snow was falling. It looked beautiful and it was a good thing we were bunded up!
A big red wagon pulled by a tractor took us out into the tree area and dropped us off at a little hut, pointing us toward the available trees.
We pulled our wagon behind us as we checked out numerous trees to see if they would do.
We let Rintaro start the cutting, with Rick showing him how to work the saw.
Then he was on his own!
That worked for awhile; then Sunny took a turn.
Pretty soon Rick took over and it was down in a flash!
While we waited for our ride back, we warmed ourselves by the fire.
It was a very popular place!
Meanwhile Sunny checked out a hollowed tree tunnel...
...and I admired the reindeer!
Back at the main building we stopped into the Christmas store to warm up.
It was beautiful with many decorated trees that captivated us all.
No visit would be complete without checking in with Santa!
Back home, we made hot chocolate. The kids got their lesson in "real" hot chocolate (definitely not my 25 calorie packet of Diet Swiss Miss.)
We all got the lights untangled and tree in place.
Then Hiroko arrived and Rick started making pizza. I'm not sure he's ever cooked before a more attentive audience.
A VERY attentive audience!
Of course, then it was time to decorate the tree. We had plenty of holiday music and holiday cheer as minute by minute the tree became more beautiful.
For all of us, it was a wonderful experience, "topped" off with Rick's placing his grandmother's angel at the top of the tree.
Did I mention that many photos were taken?
And lots of love and joy was shared.
For our friends, a new experience. For us, one we'll never forget -- the joy of sharing traditions with friends.