Getting in the Tree

Good morning everyone. Four inches of snow on Saturday ushered in the holiday season Currier and Ives fashion. We spent the day scrambling to get everything covered or off the ground before the snowfall. Lately we’ve taken several trees down around the yard trying to get some more sunshine to the house so we have been chipping branches and stacking wood like crazy. I have also generated a number of logs for the sawmill in the process.
But this being a day of “rest” we decided to take a walk in the woods and get our Christmas tree and enjoy a big family dinner. The late day sun cast golden light on the treetops and the winds which had blown so hard at the height of the storm eased to just a whisper. Woodpeckers were calling deep in the woods. The kids dragged the tree most of the way to the house. Dad did jump in on the last uphill. After pruning and adding a few branches to what was the top of a thirty foot fir the tree now stands trimmed and lit filling the house with the scent of balsam. Ours is not a fancy tree by any stretch but that is just fine with this family. Already it has given us a day together, the greatest gift of the season.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.


  1. Fancy is in the eye of the beholder. Beautiful and meaningful is what I want in a Christmas tree and the meaning and beauty come from what we put into the tree. The love and care taken to select the tree, the home-made decorations, the family together decorating the tree all go to create the beautiful tree that I fancy.

  2. Well now…a note from the wee hours. I do hope all of you are doing well and appreciating what you have. I was priviledged to be a passenger on the Mary Day several years ago. My brother and his wife and daughters were with you this past Summer. I do hope to be with you all again soon…with my wife. Have a blessed holiday season!

    Warm Regards,

    Josh Warren

  3. Nice management style, but I think Sawyer has a pre-Christmas present for you in his hand.

    New storm on the way-good luck with that one!

    Warm hearths and Happy Holidays.


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