Well, the Christmas season is upon us. The Goodman family has already participated in several fun Christmas activities.
On Saturday we went to The Asheville Christmas Parade. We had a fabulous time & memaw came along with us! We sat in Pac Square in front of the most adorable little bakery and Andie McDowell ( from Groundhog Day) even stepped up on the curb beside us. Unfortunately, my husband wouldn't let me ask her for her autograph. Addison was such a great sport, the parade was really really long (lasting about an hour and half) and we even arrived an hour and a half prior to the parade starting, so we had to sit on the curb for a loooonnnnngggg time!
After the parade, Memaw treated us to a great lunch at Fuddruckers where we enjoyed some burgers and hot dogs!
We then decided that this was the year that we were going to get the "Christmas tree experience" as Josh has said that we needed for an entire year. Last year, Josh was really disapointed with the way that we got our Christmas tree. We simply followed some signs that we saw in Waynesville to a Christmas tree farm, picked out our Christmas tree that had already been chopped down and brought it home. Soooo, this year he wanted us to pick out our tree from a farm, chop it down, drag it down the mountain, and enjoy some hot chocolate afterwards. Well, our experience this year wasn't quite like that, but we sure had fun. Josh wanted to go to Spruce Pine, NC (where all of the Christmas trees are, he says) to get his Christmas tree. I had asked around at work, and googled several locations, and stumbled upon Sugar Plum Farms in Plumtree, NC (no, i'm not kidding). We drove about 2 hours from Asheville to get to this place, it is located in Avery County (the only thing that I know about this place is that it ALWAYS snows there). We FINALLY get there, and this place is like the Christmas tree capital of the world. First, you wait beside Santa's house on the hay ride and the hay ride takes you up a really steep mountain and drops you off while you search for the perfect Christmas tree. We were only looking for a 5 - 6 ft tree, and they had seveal to choose from. We settled on a 5.5 ft tree that was really full. We flagged down a worker and he cut the tree down for us, gave us a tag and then we hopped back on the hay ride down the mountain.
Once we got down the mountain we browsed around the ornament shop & bought a few Christmas gifts. Unfortunately, because of how time consuming the parade was we didn't get to partake in roasting marshmellows by the campfire or the free hot chocolate. They also had wreath making class on the premesis, but we didn't get to do that either. More reason to go back next year. So, we paid for our tree & gifts and headed back to Asheville, but not before Addison told Santa Claus that she wanted a new baby and a pizza (again, not kidding) for Christmas.
It was a great day & Sugar Plum Farms was well worth the long drive out there. This will be one Christmas tree experience for the scrap book.