Every December, buying our Christmas tree is a major event in our house. Okay when I think about it more, it is ME which makes it a bigger deal than it and I love the memories it brings for me and the kids. As a child, we never cut down our tress – we just bought one from the local seller and brought it home and put it up. I have no cozy memories of tree farms and I want that for my little ones.
Our first year in Dublin, we set out on an adventure to cut down our own tree and ended up at Slade Valley Christmas Tree Farm. and it was brilliant. The tree was lovely and I want a good experience again this year with a bit more atmosphere. You can’t beat a real tree which we pick out, cut down and enjoy in our home. Plus a real, freshly-cut tree looks and smells great.
Only this year we will try a different tree farm in the Wicklow Mountains – Wicklow Way Tree Farm in Roundstone. Their website looks great, clearly a full campaign was put in place. If for some reason we could not find it, there are several in Wicklow so I’m sure it would be fine.
While it seems far, the drive from our house was just over 1 hour so not bad at all and we were into the mountains. There was a bit of snow the night before and much more expected Sunday along with the fact that Nils is heading to the US for a week, we took advantage of this one day we had to get the tree in the mountains.
Once we reached Roundstone it was very easy to find our way – these blue signs lead us right to the farm.
The farm was lovely – the staff was very friendly and informative and the instructions were clear. Tag the tree, flag down a guy in blue and then relax and warm up while they cut down. We parked the car and got out wellies on as the ground was very mucky and wet. It wasn’t even 5 minutes before the kids noticed the white fluffy snow which fell last night and they were off and going crazy in it.
We walked a while trying to find the right tree… kids played with the snow while I keep searching for the right one. A few measurements and we found one that we all liked.
After Soren watched the man cut down our tree, we had complimentary hot chocolate and minced pies & treats while we waited for our tree to be brought down from the field and a net put around it.
Overall the experience was great – we’d highly recommend this tree farm to anyone who is looking to go pick out your own tree. The cost was very reasonable too at £8. a foot, you can choose how much you want to spend.
Only problem is that our tree this year is a bit taller than before so I don’t have enough lights to cover it so tomorrow, we’ll go buy more led bright lights to add to it.
Will post a photo when completed with loads of new glass ornaments.
And the final decorated tree.