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Brining the Outdoors In

12/4/21 – As the days get shorter and shorter I’m always excited to bring a piece of the outdoors in.  Around mid September I begin eyeing up each balsam I pass trying to determine if it meets specs.  When the day finally comes to go get my tree however, they really aren’t in short supply.  It’s hard to go wrong with the unique character of wild cut balsams.

A couple days ago I set off on my quest.  A very pleasant jaunt through the woods followed, and eventually the clouds parted and a beam of sun shown down on the perfect tree.  Once back to the house the customary dance of squeezing the tree in and out of the front door commenced, but eventually (after measuring once, cutting three times) the tree fit perfectly in a place of prominence.

Homemade decorations on a wild cut tree add to the character. Another plus is that they are typically lighter in weight than glass or ceramic ornaments.  The branches of wild trees aren’t as hefty as tree farm trees.  As a result they can’t handle too heavy of a load.

If you find yourself in the area of the Superior National Forest these next couple weeks and want to bring yourself home one of these beauties, tree cutting permits are available online through for just $5.  Happy tree hunting!  -Jessica