Over Thanksgiving weekend we headed out to fill our Christmas tree permit and finally get started with the Christmas season. We love having a real Christmas tree and the experience of going to the mountains to find and cut down our own. With high hopes of discovering the perfect tree we drove to the Manti-La Sal National Forest and started our search.


We traveled up the snow packed dirt road until we reached a canyon filled with pines. Since we couldn’t see much from the road we bundled up and decided to hike further in. We passed up tree after tree; they were either too tall, too skinny, or too fat, and when we started to compare the different shades of green we realized we were being too picky and getting too far away from the truck to keep going. A little cold and discouraged we headed back to the truck hoping we would find one driving down the road.

After a few more miles of searching from the warmth of the truck we finally spotted our tree!  With a little bit of work to get it hauled out of the icy ravine, we were so excited to have our tree officially chopped down, loaded in the truck and ready to take home to decorate.


On the way home we were laughing and joking about our day and realized that this wasn’t really about finding the “perfect Christmas tree,” but it was the experience of being together and memories made that are more important and create lasting traditions.