Getting the Christmas Tree

 The Tree Cutting Crew, 2016.

The Tree Cutting Crew, 2016.

 Don't forget the man himself, Larry Chadwick.

   Tens of millions of Americans put up a Christmas Tree each year.  In a time when so much around us is fake, including Christmas trees, it's interesting to know that more people still use a real tree each year than fake ones.  In fact, the number is nearly double (25 million real vs. 12 million fake).  Of that 25 million though, a relatively small percentage of people actually go and cut down their own tree (less than 25%).  It may not surprise you, dear reader, that the Chadwick's are amongst that rarified group.

 Heading out to the forest.

Heading out to the forest.

     Trekking into a snowy forest, locating and chopping down a fairly large tree, then hauling it out has its obvious challenges.  But for those who have had the opportunity to do such a thing (especially on a yearly basis with your family), you know that any hardship is all part of the joy of the experience.

 The perfect tree is spotted.

The perfect tree is spotted.

 The tree is down!

The tree is down!

 What a classic image.  A pine tree cut down in the forest, and being carried out by a family to use as their Christmas tree.

What a classic image.  A pine tree cut down in the forest, and being carried out by a family to use as their Christmas tree.

 The tree loaded up to be taken back to the house.

The tree loaded up to be taken back to the house.

     This year's journey to get the tree was a good time as always, filled with plenty of laughs and the warmth of family.  Check back soon to get a look at this fresh pine tree once it's decorated and transformed into a glowing Christmas Tree!