The Merriman’s have been cutting their own Christmas trees for years, and Mike and I thought it would be fun to keep the tradition going. We found a little tree farm about twenty minutes away. Both of us cracked up when we were cutting down the tree and realized there was a giant fruiting orange tree about fifteen feet away (top right hand corner of photo). Palm trees, orange trees, and pine trees–all happily living together in sunny Southern California! What a strange and wonderful place.