Many people like to begin their Christmas shopping on Black Friday. I guess people love to mix it up in crowds. Everyone has their own traditions. Ours is a trip up into the mountains to cut a tree for Christmas. We did it on Saturday. Now one could think that cutting a tree this early would guarantee needle fall by Christmas. On the contrary, this newly cut tree is fresher than any you could buy on a lot. Those are cut in August in order to be ready for shipping.
Here in Washington, we go to the US Forest Service office to buy a $10 permit to cut a tree off Forest Service land. Our trip yesterday got us up into 3 feet deep snow. We found a beautiful sub-alpine fir and cut off the top 6 feet. Does this hurt the tree? No, trees are very resourceful and send up a new leader to continue to grow. After getting back down we celebrated with a nice warming shot of Single Malt!
I wish I could show you some pictures of our trip but for some reason, the picture function is not working for me.
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