Commence Tree Chopping!


Our tradition has always been to drive up into the mountains and chop down our Christmas tree on the Sunday after Thanksgiving . This year it seemed a bit premature because it’s not even December yet! But , oh well! Up to the mountains we went!

It was an especially great day for me because Mariah came along and brought her friend Cole. Cole had never been to chop down a tree so it made me happy to have him join us. Every year I dream of gathering a group of friends together to enjoy the outdoors and hike around hunting for the perfect tree , maybe bring along a picnic and have fun, one year I did manage to coerce a few friends but they never wanted to repeat the adventure. We just don’t have the ‘lumberjack’ type of friends!😜 So every year Scott and I enjoy the beautiful experience and find great pleasure in our silly little tradition just the two of us! It was a treat to have Cole and Mariah with us this year, especially since it is our last year to do it. And we were successful in finding the perfect tree, about 13 feet is the height that works best in our cathedral ceilings . I haven’t decorated it yet but it looks so pretty already! Next weekend I’ll torture Scott with Christmas music while I decorate to my hearts content!


A naked Christmas tree! 13-14 feet is just the right size for these cathedral ceilings!


Mariah and Cole got to ride around in the back of the truck while we searched high and low for “THE” tree


Note the tank top and shorts, ahhh, christmas in California!


Our favorite tree farm is off Bear Creek Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains


Boy was it nice to have TWO strong men to schlep the tree this year, its usually me and Scott on our own! Thank you Cole!!!


Since Cole was a virgin tree chopper he gladly did the honor of chopping while Mariah coached him on the proper shouting of, “Timberrrr!”


The official measuring of the tree,,, yep, this will do!


Hmmmm,,,, “Can someone give me a hand here?”

About hollycarter184

Life is Good! But it's time for a change, and more adventure! I'd like to share the whole experience of preparing then actually making a reality of expatriating, and moving to a new country. It's an exciting, and slightly scary move full of possibility . I'm looking forward to learning a new language and making new connections with the people who share our spirit of adventure. This blog is my way of continuing my connection with my friends and family in the States. Sooooo here it goes! :)

7 responses »

  1. Very nice! You get to enjoy one last traditional Christmas tree. Conifers are not indigenous to Panama. You might have to consider an artificial tree next year.

  2. Hey holly… There is something “just not right” of you and Scott up chopping down the “perfect” tree and you outside in a tank top !!! That’s why we love Ca!!! Lol!!!

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. I was going to make the tank top comment, but someone beat me to it. Love California too. I’m sure there will be other Christmas traditions in Panama that you can adopt.

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