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Family Traditions: Holloway’s Christmas Tree Farm

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Family traditions are a big part of Christmas. Every year since I can remember, my family has gone to Holloway's Christmas Tree Farm to pick out a tree. Their Monterey Pines are my favorite. They smell heavenly and are pretty to boot. Even when we lived in Santa Cruz, my family would buy a tree here and then drive 3 hours with it strapped to the top of our car! It was totally worth it!

Holloway's Christmas Trees

You will find trees in every shape and size at this tree farm. As we were looking at a larger tree, Lola said, "My tree!" And ran over to this little Charlie Brown tree.


We went to pick out our tree on a beautiful California blue-sky day. I regretted my sweater and boots after a while, it got hot out there. We'd talked about getting hot chocolate after, but those plans quickly changed when the weather did. I"m not complaining, this is why I live where I do.

Standing by the winning tree, Ada wished that 5 or 6 trees before this were our tree. Every one that looked good to us she'd say, "Yeah, I like this one. Let's buy this one!"


I love bringing my little family to the place where I grew up picking out my tree and carrying on the Christmas tradition.

While Matt and I were dating, he came with my family to pick out that year's tree and everyone was amazed by his energy! We played hide and seek in the trees. Now we carry babies and give piggy back rides instead.


Everyone at Holloway's Christmas Tree Farm is so friendly. The ladies at the front desk gave Lola a candy cane and she was a happy camper!



Once you find your tree, you cut it down yourself or wait for one of the guys with the tractor to come around and do it for you. My studly husband will have nobody else cut his tree down, of course! Then you load up your tree and ride along with it to the front.


Tying down my mom's tree.


I am so grateful to have such a fun tradition to carry on with my children. There is nothing like watching the magic in their eyes as you cut down your very own tree and set it up in your home! I love the thrill of the hunt and bringing home the perfect tree. Thank you for giving us this, Holloway's...we will be buying your trees for years to come!

What holiday traditions do you and your family participate in?

a7db2adf-0ac5-4353-b67b-4b6e02032ef3_zpse0032e8c (1) Kara is a left-handed runner with a slight Dr. Pepper addiction. She's a California girl, world traveler, and airport pro. A wife, mother of two girls, recipe tester, and habitual spatula licker. Lover of all things chocolate! She blogs about it all over at Kara in the Kitchen.

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