CHRISTMAS IN THE MOUNTAINS
written by Debbie Williamson
This is Mountain Mike. I am the oldest of the Canadian Brothers. I live in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada. The Christmas season has hit the mountains and I want to share it with you.
The first thing that I must do is get myself a Christmas tree. Since I own over one acres of forested land, you would not think that this is a difficult task. However, it can be very difficult to find just the right tree when you have lots of choose from. What I do is actually search all year long and when I find the perfect tree, I mark it. I find this works the best.
I have my saw in hand and I'm walking out into the bush to find the tree that I had marked. I know exactly where it is because I pass by it almost every day. I find the tree and as I look at it, it isn't as perfect as I had previously thought. That is okay though because I did have two trees marked. Once I found the second tree, I took a good look at it and knew this was the one I wanted. Carefully, I cut the tree down and then I drag the tree down to my cabin. I leave the tree outside for a day or so before bringing it in.
The next thing that I do is prepare my Christmas dinner menu. I write down everything that I am planning on having and then the next time I go into the city, I shop for it. I usually get some baked goods and some other treats. I normally have turkey but this year I am going to try something different. I am going to have a prime rib roast.
I spend about two days cleaning my cabin inside and out. I wash all the windows and wash the bedding and linens. I dust and vacuum thoroughly. My cabin is spotless inside and out before I'm through.
I usually spend a day or so decorating my cabin with trinkets and lights. My Christmas tree gets decorated at this time too. I usually try to purchase or make at least one new Christmas decoration each year. This year I was able to make two of them. I made a little wooden rocking horse and a wooden angel. My new decorations usually go on the very front of the tree.
I pretty much have everyone's gifts already made and sent out. The rest of my family lives all over Canada so this has to be done long before Christmas comes so that they will get their gifts in time for them to be able to open them up on Christmas morning.
Christmas is a fun time of year, but it is also a lot of work. However, I'm not complaining one bit because I love cleaning my cabin, cooking and decorating.