Sadly but not shockingly, the year is rounding out with a Christmas tree shortage. Really 2020?! Fortunately, we harvest our tree from the Chugach National Forest each year, which has 5.5 million acres of spruce to share. Access roads and pullouts weren’t plowed like usual, but eventually we found a spot to safely stash the truck while we wandered into the woods. It was an … Continue reading Treepiphany
I’m nestled under a blanket on our couch, writing by the light of the Christmas tree. The shiny gifts underneath have been replaced with a blanket of spruce needles that keep dropping from this poor tree, but it still looks beautiful to me. For as long as I can remember we’ve plugged our tree lights into a Clapper. I still remember the ridiculous commercials growing … Continue reading Merry Magical Christmas
It was a frigid -8 degrees last year on our tree day, but we had an idyllic adventure and came home with a the best Christmas tree ever. This year it was a whopping 47 degrees warmer and drizzling rain. Ice is no fun to walk or drive on, so we preferred the colder temperatures from last year! I was anxious about driving on the … Continue reading 2017 Tree Day
No matter how busy life gets, our family will always make time for our annual Christmas tree excursion. This December’s weekend commitments included soccer games, horse chores, birthday parties, book club, gobs of homework, a band concert, and a debate tournament. No matter. We blocked out one lone Sunday on the calendar and headed to the woods. Good choice. Sunrise isn’t until 10 AM this time … Continue reading Tree Day 2016
We returned from Maui three weeks ago (eventually I will get around to posting some pictures from that amazing vacation!!) and since then it’s been all about Christmas. First on the to-do list was the family tree. This annual excursion is usually more National Lampoons than Norman Rockwell, but this year I must admit it was pretty darn easy. The snow was only ankle deep … Continue reading Ready or Not, Christmas is Tomorrow!
Every year our family embarks upon an old-fashioned quest for the perfect Christmas tree. We gear up and trudge through the woods, often hiking for miles in deep snow before we find a healthy spruce tree to adorn our living room throughout the holiday season. Anyone who has seen Southcentral Alaska’s forests understands that this tradition makes for great memories, but hideous trees. Actually, the … Continue reading Tree Day 2012