This past weekend, we went on an adventure. Here in Central Oregon you have the ability to purchase a permit to go cut your own tree down rather than paying the $50-ish dollars for the ones they bring in specifically to sell. So, that’s what we did!
With my dad in the driver seat, we drove up through Sisters, OR, to the national forest. We took one of the forest roads up to the top of one of the mountains with the forest roads covered in snow. The dog had an amazing time running around in the snow, sniffing all the things. The child had fun too, running around in the snow and looking at all the trees. She shook a tree covered in snow and had a good laugh when the snow on the branches landed all over her head.
Eventually we found the tree that we thought would be perfect for us. My dad and my boyfriend spotted it first, so we pulled over to the side of the forest road while they got out of the truck and made sure the tree was acceptable and didn’t break any of the rules. They said it was good, and we got out and helped them get it down and into the back of the truck.
The rest of the evening was spent trimming it to get it into the house, eating chili made from a family recipe, and decorating the tree. My family celebrates Christmas while I celebrate Yule, but that doesn’t stop us all from enjoying the season and holidays together!
Do you have any plans for Yule or the Winter Solstice?
Also, stay tuned for the Yule Special podcast episode, coming to Patreon next week for the patrons, and December 17th for everyone else!