Christmas Tree Trunks

Christmas tree stumps, writing on trees, saving Christmas trees, real Christmas tree traditions, tree stumps, elves with tree stumpsWe began collecting a fresh cut from our Christmas tree trunk the year our first daughter was born. This is one of my very favorite Christmas traditions each year. I save the tree trunk disk until after Christmas when I write something special about that year’s holiday celebration.

The dates of each of my children’s and nephews first Christmases and the years of my grandparent’s last ones are marked on the tree trunks. The year it snowed two feet and the years we moved and were expecting babies are noted on others. One tree trunk slice commemorates the Christmas Eve that we were visited by the Fire Department.tree trunk tradition, writing on Christmas trees, scrooge Christmases past, ideas for Christmas traditions, new baby Christmas tradition, live christmas trees, allergic to Christmas treesSome tree trunk pieces are skinny, others so wide I could write a long story on it. Every year, as we unpack the decorations, the basket that holds our Christmas tree trunks is always poured over and cherished. The kids lay them out, read each one and fondly remember Christmases past, where we were, and highlighted moments.

The first year we moved to Rhode Island, I had the fantastic idea of cutting down a pine tree from our yard, it was too large for it’s spot against the patio. I sentimentally thought how special it would be to have our first Christmas tree here be from our yard, and besides, then it’s disposal will be taken care of by the town’s tree removal in January – a perfect and practical plan!

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Elves playing with the tree trunk cuttings

My husband assured me the tree was way too big to be our tree and wanted to cut just the top off, I hemmed and hawed and insisted and in the tree went. It was way too big. It had to be trimmed down several times. Then it fell over – twice! It was the very first year my husband remembered to water the tree right away, so the water and pine needles and a nest of some kind of bugs all came crashing down (did I mention twice?!) So I have my Christmas tree trunk wedge from a tree in our yard on our first Rhode Island Christmas along with all the (now funny) stories that go along with that tree.

This year’s tree stump sits in the basket, blank, waiting for our memories to be imprinted upon it.


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8 Responses to Christmas Tree Trunks

  1. Dawn says:

    What a fun idea!

    • ldecesare says:

      Thanks, Dawn! I just saw something similar using the tree cuttings, writing on them and hanging them as tree ornaments. Merry Christmas!

  2. Megan says:

    Love this!! Our tree was dug and balled this year as we have done a few times in the past; so we can plant it in a special place on our farm after Christmas. But the next time we do a cut tree, I am starting this tradition for us too! Merry Christmas to you all!

    • ldecesare says:

      Merry Christmas! I love the idea of a balled tree to plant, too, but have never done it. Do you dig the hole in the ground ahead and plant it in January?

  3. This is such a lovely tradition! It makes me wish we had done something like this from the time our kids were born. I guess it is never too late to start new ones though!

    • ldecesare says:

      That’s it – just start now if you like it! There are so many special traditions out there, we have to pick and choose – no regrets! Thanks, Elizabeth!

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