“It was hard to decide, but in the end we got the perfect tree,” Daley, who is 8 years old, summarized our time hiking through the woods to cut our own Christmas tree.
The first Saturday of December the Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, about 20 minutes north of Duluth, holds their annual Christmas Tree Cut. They open the grounds for people to cut a Balsam fir tree for a nominal fee.
We spent the entire morning taking in all the outdoor fun. Sleds were provided for exploring the woods and hauling out the tree…and 4-year-olds with tired legs.
As for agreeing on a tree, let’s just say coming to a consensus among four people gave us an opportunity to walk — and walk and walk — in the woods.
Too tall. Too short. Too wide. Too narrow. Too spindly.
Then we found the perfect tree.
Daley sawed and Finley chanted “chop, chop, timber” as it came down and filled the air with the scent of freshly-cut pine.
After we (o.k., first Daley, then Tim) hauled the tree back along the path, we enjoyed free homemade cookies, hot cocoa, and a bonfire. From a kid’s perspective, it couldn’t get any more festive!
The event is well-organized and there are lots of friendly volunteers in Santa hats and tan vests to help explain how it works. They even provide saws. All proceeds support educational programs at the Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center.
It’s a great way to create outdoor Christmas memories.
Where do you get your Christmas tree? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!