A Christmas Tradition

Hot Chocolate and Cider Await Inside

Christmas has always been a time of traditions. Some of them have been passed on by the story of Christ’s birth. Some have come down from the generosity of individuals, others from a popular cowboy singer, Gene Autry and his friend Rudolph, while still others belong to individual families. In our family there is a tradition of homemade chocolates and cookies and a special Christmas Eve dinner. 
    Perhaps the one Christmas tradition shared by all is the Christmas Tree. The tree maybe artificial or one shipped in to the Canadian Tire or some other store or it maybe one fresh cut from the forest. Regardless of where it came from, come Christmas Day, children, parents, and even grandparents will be opening their gifts as they come out from under the Christmas Tree. Christmas without a tree just isn’t Christmas.
    When our children were young it became a tradition for us to cut our own tree. After they had grown and moved away from home we began to buy our tree from a store and then there were grandchildren and our children wanted to establish their own tradition of cutting a tree for Christmas. We soon found ourselves once again in the forest looking for that special tree. Four years ago we began to visit the Fir Ever Green Tree Farm in early December for our tree. 
    This past year the early snowstorms delayed our visit but when the weather smartened up we once again drove out to Fir Ever Green tree farm near Falun and again were greeted by Peter and Judy Kappelar. Peter cheerfully provides us with a saw, hops into his truck, and guides us to the tree stand where we walk among the trees until we spot that special tree, cut it down, and take it back to where Judy helps bag the tree for transport.
    Hot chocolate and warm cider is always on the wood stove in the mini Swiss Chalet and provides us with an opportunity to exchange family news and for Peter to discus his passion for trees. Currently there are only four tree farms in all of Alberta and the popularity of cutting your own tree has expanded to the point that eight foot trees have come under pressure and it will take a few years to replenish the stock.
    Each year more and more families are coming to cut down their own tree and what brings a smile to us is that more and more children are coming with Mom and Dad which will ensure that this is one tradition that will continue.

If you would like to see a demonstration of how a 
Christmas tree bagger operates,click on the link to the youtube video connected to the story
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoQQxOnUbIs

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