I am not sure if we will have a Christmas tree this year or not. We do not always have a Christmas tree, and that is OK with us. The responsibility for a tree falls to my husband traditionally because he loves having a tree. It also falls primarily to him because we still cut our tree out in the woods. The woods, where most of the trees are not really Christmas tree material. This means that starting about October RangerSir starts to keep an eye out for the perfect tree, perfect “Charlie Brown” style open with short needles. He picks out several possible trees, never knowing if the snow is going to be deep and early, and some of those will not be accessible come harvest time. He buys a tree cutting permit, throwing it in the glove box so he is ready when the time comes to cut one. Finally when the mood is right, the roads are accessible , the weather is isn’t too cold and whatever other stars need to alight, RangerSir will make a detour on his way home from work and get the tree for our holiday.
This year he has been laid up, and there has been lots of snow since he last worked. He was still looking at trees and had not trimmed his list of possibilities to just a few. He has no idea what roads are snowed closed and where we could get still with 4-wheel drive get in and out. On top of this it is now bitter cold here in southwestern Montana, like the frostbite kind. The man of our house will not be making a trip trip alone this year. If we get a tree this year it will be a joint endeavor, a true family effort.
Will you be having a tree this year?? Is it one use or permanent? Do you make it a family outing to go get a freshly cut? Or is is simple and small, just enough to bring back memories and warm your heart?