Saturday, December 10, 2011
10th activity of Advent: cutting the tree
One of our favorite traditions at Christmas time is cutting our own tree. We've been doing it for years, usually with good friends.
This year, Lucy led the way.
We tried a new farm this year.
It's an old farm, in operation since 1955. Some of the trees are the original ones, planted all those years ago. They use a method new to us: "stump culture." Rather than cutting the tree at the ground, you leave a stump with some branches, which will bend up and become future "trees." Fascinating and sustainable.
It was a new perspective, looking up and trying to judge height, size, and shape from the ground. (Here, Tim uses Lucy to measure a tree.)
Dave had never cut a Christmas tree, so he got the honors.
Goodbye, trees. We'll be back next year.