We hope you loved Christmas Tree Hunt. We loved making it. It’s funny how much can go into a seemingly simple episode. Here’s some of what went into this one:
We had Christmas tree farms in our minds when we were imagining what this episode could be–some place where trees were raised for the public to cut down for the Holidays, but, since they aren’t common in Normandy, ultimately opted for an even more old-school version where the children find an ideal tree in a regular wooded forest. And working in the woods tends to reveal beautiful secrets along the way. We loved happening on the holly tree on the quest for the perfect pine, and looking for adventure around every trunk…
We spent several weeks hunting down a pine forest that had both young and mature pines, but they are hard to come by in our particular neck of the woods! We had found a few potential locations within 30 minutes (but none with a great mix of young and mature trees), then went on a quick drive in a little forested area just up the street from our home and found our spot! Also: Don’t do this at home! (i.e. chop down trees in regular wooded forests.)
And Don’t worry! We didn’t actually chop down any trees in the forest. Instead, (spoiler!) we bought four smallish potted pine trees, and chopped down one–and it is our Christmas tree for 2012.
Most of the wardrobe was sourced locally, but big thanks to Tea Collection, who outfitted Oscar. Also, big thanks to Kate Ott for wardrobe assistance.
Merry Christmas and a joyous holiday season from All of Us at Olive Us!