Saturday, December 17, 2011

Alaskan Christmas Tree

So what do you do when you live in Alaska and you need a Christmas tree? can go the artificial route (but it's just not the same to me), you can buy one from the boyscouts (boring) OR you can hike into the Tongass National Rainforest and cut one down.

We actually pondered this one for a minute...but in the end we decided to do what we came here to do LIVE BIG. So we drove to Bear Mountain, trudged through the snow, picked a tree, sunk in the snow getting to the tree, cut down the tree, dragged the tree back to the car, tied it on top the car, carried it inside the house, realized it was 5 feet too tall, cut off the bottom, stood it up and.....laughed. It is the scraggliest Charlie Brown looking tree you ever did see. (apparently we cut off the wrong 5 feet!)

But so what, right? We had a blast, we got to play in the snow, we got to feel in touch with nature...and in touch with our lives. I can't even compare it with last year (we picked it up at the Kroger on the way home one night)...not comparable at all.

It's the best Christmas tree long as you don't look at it too closely.


Mary Virginia said...

I love Alaskan christmas trees the most of all, but you DO have to remember to cut one closer to the size you need otherwise you'll end up cutting off some of the main branches at the bottom. It'll look really pretty when you get it decorated and the ornaments will have plenty of room to hang nicely. I just wish we could have gone out and cut one down this year... but alas, no trees in Barrow.

grandma and grandpa said...

This looks like so much fun. We bet the kids had a blast! Plus so much snow. Have a great Christmas and we'll see you soon!

Grandma and Grandpa

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