Growing Family Traditions
Have you taken your family out to find the perfect tree? That's where the fun starts because everyone has an opinion on what makes the perfect tree. If you haven't already begun a tradition of bringing the family to cut thier own Christmas tree, make this the year that you begin laying down those memories that you will look back on for years to come. Here are some suggestions for first timers:
1. Bring your camera! Most families find photo opportunities during the day as they hunt for the perfect tree,warm up by the fire or share a cup or hot chocolate.
2. Bring bungee cords or tie downs if you have them - they make tying your tree on much easier, but we have twine for you if you don't.
3. Dress for the weather - Boots and warm coat and gloves recommended - it's usually cold and sometimes wet.
4. DONT" BRING A CHAIN SAW. Our insurance company says no, no, no. We have hand saws for you to use.
5. If you bring your dog it MUST be on a leash at all times and you MUST clean up any droppings.
Besides the obvious health benefits of a little extra exercise, according to Eva Karjalainen, Ph.D. of the Finnish Forest Research Institute getting outside and cutting down your own tree "reduces stress, improves mood, and boosts happiness".* There is also some research that it may also have beneficial effects of strengthening the immune system by increasing the number and activity of cancer destroying cells. We found this in the December 2010 edition of Prevention Magazine, but really we knew it was really good for you before we ever read this!