Once your family expands it is cool to think of new Holiday traditions that you can start with your little one. We started a Holiday tradition this Christmas and got a permit from the United States Forest Service to cut down our own Christmas tree. There are only certain areas that you can do this. We live in the great state of Colorado and within a National Forest. Thus, we were armed with a map and determined where to go.
Our little guy is now 11 months old. We decided that this Holiday tradition would be more like an expedition our first time around. First, we packed everything in the car the night before. We brought skis with climbing skins. We had snowshoes. We had avalanche beacons. Yes, there is plenty of snow on the ground and we figured it would be better to be safe than sorry. We have a backpack that we had not used yet.
Our plan was simple. Follow a road and put our little dude in the backpack. Then in another backpack, we had tarps, saws (multiple kinds), rope, harnesses, and other things we thought we may need. It is safe to say that we over packed but we were ready.
We hiked off of the road which was snow covered and found a couple of trees. They were definitely more of the Charlie Brown type category, but the fact that we could pick any was quite appealing. I got to the tree and kept the wife and son down on the road. I shouted, “How about this one?” I got two big thumbs up. I cut the tree down quickly. I actually brought a saws-all with me that was battery operated. I wrapped the tree in a tarp and then dragged it down to the road.
I had brought a climbing harness so I could ski and drag the tree out. I became a human log skidder. It was pretty cool.
We put the tree up on top of the car, wrapped it tightly and brought the prized possession home. I am sure our little guy has no idea or does not even remember the adventure. We sure do. We had a sticker that we wrapped around our tree and it is very fitting to our home.
With little ones, you can look to creating new traditions or introduce Holiday traditions that have run in your family. It is a great excuse for an adventure. It probably took us about 1.5 hours out in the snow. A little over the Happy Hour Dad concept of 1 hour. But well worth it.
Happy Holidays to you and your family from the Happy Hour Dad!