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2013-12-19 14:21:27
{MY} Top 2013 Christmas Trees

Thinking back to October, the week before Halloween actually, when Christmas was still just a distant date on the calendar. Charles & I were 'hanging- out' with clients, more specifically we were showing homes for sale in Daybreak Utah to an awesome family, but really it was SO much fun I can't hardly classify it as work.

We walked into the beautiful second home, which had us and our clients speechless down to every detail after opening the front door, when the wife says 'I found it, the perfect Christmas tree spot'. It was so sweet that this cute wife and mother was already thinking ahead to make it feel like home for her family. As it turns out, this was more than just the perfect spot for a Christmas tree, it was the perfect home in Daybreak for our clients! They were able to move in before Thanksgiving with plenty of time to spend the holidays together in their gorgeous new abode.

It is the simple and sweet memories that really make the holidays for me. Just like the Grinch realized, ' Maybe Christmas, he thought... doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps... means a little bit more!'. To me, Christmas is the memories that we share with those we love. This can be having fun with holiday traditions, like making snowmen, giving service at the Road Home, baking cookies, caroling, decorating the tree, or one of my favorites looking at Christmas lights.

When the snow started falling this morning and I was reminded of this cute 'Christmas Tree' story from our client, I thought it would be fun to count down five of my most favorite Christmas trees from around the US.

Top 2013 Christmas Trees

#1: Salt Lake City, Utah ~ Temple Square
salt lake city temple square 2013

Keeping it close to home, the lights decorating Salt Lake's temple square are gorgeous. Regardless of your religious preference, this is a well known destination for many around the world and the hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights never disappoint.

#2: New York City, New York ~ Rockefeller Center
 ice skating in new york city

The Christmas tree providing the backdrop for ice-skaters at Rockefeller Center has also become a well known symbol of the holidays. It is featured in many movies and is easily recognizable. A few years ago, I got to check a bucklet list item off my list and ice-skate at Rockefeller Center under the sparkling lights of this beautiful tree.

#3: Bloomington, Utah ~ Dixie Power Tree

Recently we took a short weekend trip to St. George, and happened to perfectly time it with a rare snow storm. There were at least 9 inches of snow dusting the golf course behind my grandparents house! In all the 23 years I have visited St. George, a White Christmas is not something I have seen. Other local traditions underwent changes this year too, Dixie Power, replaced its 70-foot Christmas tree with an even taller manmade tree that’s made of a power pole and strands of lights. Can you spot Santa??

A constructed Santa Claus keeps the holiday lights burning, climbing the pole like a lineman would.

#4: Washington DC ~ National Christmas Tree
washington dc national christmas tree 2013

The fourth tree on my list is one I have yet to see in person. This tradition has carried on since 1923 and is a symbol of the Holiday spirit in our Nation's Capital. This tree is said to be an ' American holiday tradition {that} continues to bring citizens together to share in a message of hope and peace'.

#5: Daybreak, Utah ~ Tucker Family Tree
daybreak utah christmas tree christmas in daybreak utah

This is the most special tree to me. It of course is our family Christmas Tree. Since my first Christmas, my grandparents started the tradition of giving each of the kids an ornament to add to the tree each year. This tradition started in 1983 and the tree has become filled with special memories and the collection of ornaments has grown to fill the entire tree. Decorating the tree is our favorite thing to do with the family each year! I hope you are enjoying this special time of year with your loved ones and making memories that will become the true gifts of the season! ~Natalie

 
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