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Wanna Cut Your Own Xmas Tree?
You can do it easy peasy Bubba
December 08, 2016
By Ace Carter
LIST OF AREA XMAS TREE FARMS CLICK TO OPEN.
Special to The Chronicle
(SNOHOMISH, WA.) --- Ah, there's nothing like the smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree felled on a crisp winter day with the sun shining, the sky blue and all things right with the world around you.
Unless it's the smell of $1.2 million in cash you discovered (in small, untraceable bills) inside a suitcase you found thrown to the side of the road.
That always smells way better than a stupid green tree. But we digress. The tree smell is still pretty good if you can't get your hands on all that cash.
And you'd be surprised (or perhaps not) at how easy it is to act like a real man (or woman) for once and go out and down a tree with your own trusty ax and upper body strength and haul it back home just like our pioneer ancestors did when men were real men and sheep were terrified.
There is something oddly primordial about all that. Too bad we don't have time to explore it a bit more.
But to the point, there's a fair number of area Christmas tree farms where you can chop-yer-own and feel like a pioneer. You'll find tree farms right here in Snohomish (two of them) and in Arlington, Lake Stevens, Granite Falls, Monroe, Smokey Point and Stanwood.
In fact, the wonderful folks at the Chronicle have gone to all the trouble to put together a full list of where all the farms are, when they're open and so forth and so on. Isn't that nice?
Hey, no need to thank us. Well, actually you could buy some ads. That would be nice. Or, just send money. That would even be nicer.
After all, Christmas is here and baby needs new shoes.
Don't you want to support truly independent news media (we don't answer to no stinking corporate home office in L.A. or New York) in a time when media consolidation (translation: buyouts) has about 9 huge media companies now controlling most of the information you are exposed to -- news AND entertainment AND Internet AND...all sorts of other stuff. (Like nudie mags)
Of course you want to support independent news. After all, where would you be without the Chronicle? Living in a van down by the river and trusting Rush Limbaugh to deal you the honest news of the day, that's where you'd be. (Is that depressing or is that depressing?)
At any rate, click on the PDF file at upper right to find the complete lowdown on where to chop-chop your own live Xmas tree, and that includes going out to the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest now through January 6 and cuttin' and takin' home that tree for zippo, no dough. You just chop and walk bro.
Is this a great country or what?
You're welcome, by the way.