Ever since Ryan was one, our family has chosen to buy a live Christmas tree each year. As the boys have grown, their level of assistance has grown. After how many years, you would think we’d have it down to a science – but each year presents new opportunities and challenges. We’ve faced bad weather, a tree almost falling off the car and other minor calamities. The tree has been too large for the tree stand, or needed extra branches clipped, and so on. But selecting, raising, and decorating the tree has been both a source of family drama and family joy. We celebrate the time together and greatly enjoy celebrating the season for as long as we can.