Behemoth 2: I Thought You Couldn’t Be Beat

Don’t sequels sometimes have funny names? If this sequel were a movie, it would be called Behemoth 2: The Behemothing.”

For Finish the Sentence Friday (#FTSF), we discover all of the ways in which we went and got the biggest Christmas tree of our lives! No turning back now!!
(This is NOT Behemoth 2, but it’s a nice teaser..)

We once had a Christmas tree so large, we named it Behemoth.

The thing is, it happened four years ago. You remember, right? If not, read here. It’s true. We thought our lives were in danger. They probably were. And that’s not as near-death as I’ve gotten (or even close) but we did swear we’d never do it again. That’s why we had “sensible” 10-15 foot Christmas trees for the last three years. How did we come to this again?

For Finish the Sentence Friday (#FTSF), we discover all of the ways in which we went and got the biggest Christmas tree of our lives! No turning back now!!

And how are we still standing? Better yet, how is the tree still standing? The tradition, for several years now, is to go up the street to the amazing restaurant, market, ice cream stand, butcher, deli, farm, orchard and get our Christmas tree the day BEFORE Thanksgiving. Yes, it leads to some stares, but we never decorate until Black Friday anyway. And we have so many ornaments that it takes all day, and they don’t all fit on the tree anyway! Or at least, that used to be the case.

For Finish the Sentence Friday (#FTSF), we discover all of the ways in which we went and got the biggest Christmas tree of our lives! No turning back now!!

Things were weird this year. We went to the farm, the day before Thanksgiving, (and in the rain) and they didn’t have anything big and gorgeous! So we went to yet another farm on the way home (we seriously just live on a road of tree farms) and they didn’t have any trees yet but texted their supplier for an answer. He said he had nothing big but directed us to Chestnut Mountain Tree Farm in Hatfield. Noted. Called. With that in mind for Friday, we enjoyed our Thanksgiving.

Then we went early Black Friday morning dressed to the nines.

For Finish the Sentence Friday (#FTSF), we discover all of the ways in which we went and got the biggest Christmas tree of our lives! No turning back now!!

We Christmased the heck out of that morning. We had called ahead to say we wanted a large tree and they were expecting us. They took us into the forest, with a chainsaw no less, and had us pick a LARGE tree that was already slated to come down (forestry reasons..) that we would then cut the top off of to our exact specifications. We hemmed. We hawed. Athena went off gallivanting into the wilderness. We looked at so many trees that I started to get dizzy from angling my neck high.

We all have.. funny things about us. Like me. Back in my dating days I remember talking with a group of male and female friends over ice cream about our “shallow dealbreakers” in finding a partner. I didn’t really have any specific physical ones, but I said I might go one date with, but not marry, someone who voted for a different political party than me. (oh, how innocent I was back then) And I also said I would consider dating but would never marry a man who didn’t dress up for Halloween for his whole life. Well, funny about that because I married a man who dresses up to the nines on Halloween and also has no qualms about 18 foot Christmas trees! In fact, he took a video of our tree falling! Behemoth 2.

Then we had the absolute fun of getting it home! And it really was fun. I’m not kidding. The woman who rang us up is our neighbor’s sister. And people were high-fiving us about our tree. They had twine for us and then our minivan took the brunt.

I loved seeing the faces of other drivers and passengers who saw us on the highway.

Then we got home and the real fun started. We didn’t have a ladder high enough for the lights. We usually did them from the balcony but this tree was too high and needed to be tied to the wall! Cassidy said he couldn’t have done it without me, but to be honest, we couldn’t have done it without some sort of strange magic. Miraculously, we all survived unharmed.

It was also miraculous that we had our contractor’s giant ladder to borrow.

For Finish the Sentence Friday (#FTSF), we discover all of the ways in which we went and got the biggest Christmas tree of our lives! No turning back now!!

For Finish the Sentence Friday (#FTSF), we discover all of the ways in which we went and got the biggest Christmas tree of our lives! No turning back now!!

For Finish the Sentence Friday (#FTSF), we discover all of the ways in which we went and got the biggest Christmas tree of our lives! No turning back now!!

For Finish the Sentence Friday (#FTSF), we discover all of the ways in which we went and got the biggest Christmas tree of our lives! No turning back now!!

It’s hard to tell but it’s a Death Star tree topper that turns colors and plays Star Wars music.

Then came hours and hours of decorating. All is worth it, though. That feeling I get when I watch a so-bad-it’s-good holiday movie on the couch under twinkling lights? That’s the stuff! Although I wish the cat would stop drinking tree water!

For Finish the Sentence Friday (#FTSF), we discover all of the ways in which we went and got the biggest Christmas tree of our lives! No turning back now!!

For Finish the Sentence Friday (#FTSF), we discover all of the ways in which we went and got the biggest Christmas tree of our lives! No turning back now!!

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “The holiday season is coming, and..” And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin on any of the matters: HERE.

We know the answer but which one do you think looks bigger? Behemoth 1 or 2.

About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer at http://tamaracamera.com/, a mama of two, a writer/blogger at http://tamaracamerablog.com and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns. http://themotherofallmeltdowns.com, as well as Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead/QA Reader with Sway, and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.


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Behemoth 2: I Thought You Couldn’t Be Beat — 13 Comments

  1. Omg, your tree is awesome! Seriously, my ceilings are no where near high enough to house a tree that size, but still totally jealous. That said I couldn’t love your tree more if I tried, especially that Star Wars tree topper 😉

  2. Holy moly that’s a huge tree! I think the sequel is bigger than the original. We have no tree, but I did buy mistletoe to hang on our new deer head (who we named Chantler).

  3. Your tree is HUGE! I don’t have the space for a tree of that magnitude and even if I did, I wouldn’t have tried getting, since there was no way I’d be able to decorate it at all. I applaud you guys. You sure outdid yourselves this year.

  4. That is the tallest Christmas tree I have ever seen in a home! I cannot even imagine what you had to go through to get it home and decorated, but I admire your perseverance! It is really cool Tamara!

  5. Wowee! All we can fit in our tiny condo is about a tiny 3-foot New Year’s tree (we usually buy it right before or the day after Christmas). I can only imagine how cozy and festive your home feels this time of year!

  6. Omg I lurveeee your tree!! And your holiday tradition of going out the day before Thanksgiving to pick it up! That’s smart because I know the real trees need sone time to settle, right? This is gorgeous and enormous and I’m totally jelly. We have a fake-y and it’s about four feet tall but we have the room for it now and I can’t wait to go bigger when we move 🙂

  7. OMG I love it so so much! It’s perfect and gorgeous and I’m jealous of your tall house! So cool! Also, funny thing – that table in the last photo? We have that table. Have had it for years! Ikea! 🙂 I am seriously jealous of your tree. <3

  8. Oh my gosh! I wish we could do something like that, but the desert…… We used to do this in Montana though and I miss it so much! I think you should wear the moose outfit everyday for the next 20 days 🙂

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