My entire family looks forward to the annual Christmas tree harvest and sale to benefit the Pagosa Waldorf Initiative.
The sale will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29-30, in the parking lot of the Jann C. Pitcher Real Estate office, on U.S. 160 on Put Hill.
Last Saturday, 15 families gathered to harvest the trees. The swath of forest where the trees grew has been slated for a controlled burn to restore health to that segment of the forest. In other words, life for these white fir trees is limited. Cutting them as Christmas trees allows each of these beautiful trees to end its life in adornment, bringing joy and beauty to the homes of many families this Christmas.
Lumberjacks ages 1 to 63 set off into the woods to find the perfect trees to saw down and haul back to town for the sale.
My 9-year-old son and 10-year-old niece set off together with two hand saws and managed to harvest 16 trees all by themselves. Five and 6 year-olds dragged trees out of the woods by themselves, bringing them to a moving van Lee Riley generously donated for the day of work.
Although it’s hard work tromping around in the woods with friends and family, smelling that unique and intoxicating scent of freshly cut pine brought a smile to every sun-kissed face. All present agreed that lumberjacking is fun.
The sale will be fun, too. Volunteers will help customers find the perfect trees for their home. Trees range in size from 2 to 15-feet tall.
In addition, the Waldorf Initiative will have beautiful, handmade crafts and toys for sale — made from all natural materials. All items have been handmade by the local craft group called “Magical Hands.” These will make very special stocking stuffers. All tree and craft sale proceeds support the local non-profit Pagosa Waldorf Initiative.
At 4 p.m. Saturday, you are invited to join us at Jann C. Pitcher Real Estate to stand by a warm fire, sing Christmas carols, drink hot chocolate and eat goodies.
For more information, contact Blue Lindner at 731-5965.