Monday, August 10, 2009

Annual Tree-Burning

Have you ever avoided getting a Christmas tree because you didn’t want to deal with getting rid of it when the time came to take it down? We have!

Have you ever wondered what the heck to do with your Christmas tree once you’ve taken it down? We have!

But those aren’t issues for us anymore :)

A year and a half ago, when we took down our tree, we didn’t know what to do with it and we didn’t want to deal with it so we stood it up against the fence in the backyard. There it sat, for months and months, getting dryer and dryer. We eventually decided we should chop it up and use it as fire wood.

While chatting with friends of ours, we came up with the idea of burning the tree whole. Pine needles are fun to burn – they crackle like crazy and burn quickly. We thought a whole tree of needles might be really exciting. So, instead of chopping it up we took it to our friends’ house, stood it up in their fire pit, and set it on fire. We were right, it was a lot of fun! It was so much fun, we decided we should do it every year.

This year, our friends’ took the tree right after we took it down and set it in the sun to dry out for a couple months.

They live on 60+ acres of land – really beautiful.

When we got there the tree was already propped up.

And this is the aftermath.
We burned the rest of the trunk (and tons more logs) while we sat around talking for the rest of the day.

I couldn’t take “during” pics because R was using the camera to film it. I am going to try to put the video up here. If it works, the guy in the beginning is our friend (his property), the voice you can hear clearest is R, and you can hear me at the end say “Oh No! Timber!” It also makes me laugh that, at the very end, the dogs (my dog, River, and our friend’s dog) started barking at each other and all the dog “parents” shout “HEY!” instinctively. haha


  1. "Merry Christmas" BWAAA HA HA HA HA. That was awesome. It reminds me when The Cacophony Society of San Francisco used to have the christmas tree burning ceremony on the beach about 3 weeks after christmas. Dozens of people would bring trees and we'd pile them into a huge bonfire. It was absolutely amazing. Thanks for the trip down memory lane and the cool video!

  2. That looks like fun! I love the smell of burning evergreen wood. We used to cut ours up and burn it in our home growing up. Loved it ever time. Now ours usually sits next to our house until our neighbors make fun of us and shame my hubby into getting rid of it. ;)

    Thanks for the cheers on my blog! :)

  3. Looks like fun....especially being that its summer!

  4. That. Is. So. Fucking. Awesome.


    I have a tree like that right now in our alley like thing. Heh.

  5. Hi, there. Just popping in for the current round of Blogger Bingo.

    That looks like fun! Awesome video you got of it. Almost makes me want to get a Christmas tree.