When I (Mandy) was younger, my dad and I used to always go to a tree farm after Thanksgiving and cut down a Christmas tree together. We would always go just the 2 of us, grab apple cider and hot chocolate, and pick out the perfect Douglass Fir. After, we would grab ice cream. When Dave and I married, having a real tree was a non-negotiable for me. Every year since we married in 2011, we have gone the weekend before Thanksgiving to the tree farm and picked out a Christmas tree. Once we get it set up, Dave sits down to watch Hawkeye football while I decorate the tree. We’re so excited to be able to continue this tradition with our kids!