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THE CITY had withdrawn into itself
And left at last the country to the country;
When between whirls of snow not come to lie
And whirls of foliage not yet laid, there drove
A stranger to our yard, who looked the city,
Yet did in country fashion in that there
He sat and waited till he drew us out
A-buttoning coats to ask him who he was.
He proved to be the city come again
To look for something it had left behind
And could not do without and keep its Christmas.
He asked if I would sell my Christmas trees;
My woods—the young fir balsams like a place
Where houses all are churches and have spires.
I hadn’t thought of them as Christmas Trees.
I doubt if I was tempted for a moment
To sell them off their feet to go in cars
And leave the slope behind the house all bare,
Where the sun shines now no warmer than the moon.
I’d hate to have them know it if I was.
Yet more I’d hate to hold my trees except
As others hold theirs or refuse for them,
Beyond the time of profitable growth,
The trial by market everything must come to.
I dallied so much with the thought of selling.
Then whether from mistaken courtesy
And fear of seeming short of speech, or whether
From hope of hearing good of what was mine,
I said, “There aren’t enough to be worth while.”
“I could soon tell how many they would cut,
You let me look them over.”

“You could look.
But don’t expect I’m going to let you have them.”
Pasture they spring in, some in clumps too close
That lop each other of boughs, but not a few
Quite solitary and having equal boughs
All round and round. The latter he nodded “Yes” to,
Or paused to say beneath some lovelier one,
With a buyer’s moderation, “That would do.”
I thought so too, but wasn’t there to say so.
We climbed the pasture on the south, crossed over,
And came down on the north.
He said, “A thousand.”

“A thousand Christmas trees!—at what apiece?”

He felt some need of softening that to me:
“A thousand trees would come to thirty dollars.”

Then I was certain I had never meant
To let him have them. Never show surprise!
But thirty dollars seemed so small beside
The extent of pasture I should strip, three cents
(For that was all they figured out apiece),
Three cents so small beside the dollar friends
I should be writing to within the hour
Would pay in cities for good trees like those,
Regular vestry-trees whole Sunday Schools
Could hang enough on to pick off enough.
A thousand Christmas trees I didn’t know I had!
Worth three cents more to give away than sell,
As may be shown by a simple calculation.
Too bad I couldn’t lay one in a letter.
I can’t help wishing I could send you one,
In wishing you herewith a Merry Christmas.


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River's Edge Tree Farm

The Bellingham Herald has just published an excellent printable calendar (PDF file) of Whatcom County Holiday Bazaars which may be accessed here. I’m also placing a link in the “Local Links” section on the sidebar.

Before you know it, it will be time to start thinking about Christmas Trees! My updated list of Whatcom and Skagit County Christmas Tree Farms is located here, and is linked from the “Pages” section of the sidebar, as well.

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My brother, some friends, and I went out yesterday afternoon to cut some Christmas trees. It’s beyond the scope of this blog to review every single X’mas tree farm in Whatcom County, but I can review the two we visited: River’s Edge and Pete Pederson Christmas:

River’s Edge Christmas TreesRiver’s Edge Christmas Trees
Phone: 592-5220
4773 Deming Rd, Deming, WA 98244
(map and directions)

River’s edge is definitely the most organized of the two farms – they really have their act together. Lots of parking, sharp saws, and an access road you may drive along, so you don’t have to carry the tree over hill and dale.

It’s a very large farm, set against a scenic backdrop of mountains, and the three tree varieties grown – Noble Fir, Fraser Fir, and Grand Fir – are clearly labled with signs at the head of the plots. They also have some Douglas Firs pre-cut at the entrance to the farm.

Price: pretty spendy, especially if you’re after a Noble – that will cost you $60. The Grands and Frasers are less, but not by a whole lot. Figure on spending an average of $40 if you go to River’s Edge.

They have live trees, too, which are as spendy as the Nobles.

The upside is that they have excellent trees – healthy and very well-trimmed.

River’s Edge Photos:

River’s Edge X’mas Tree Farm

Fraser Fir SignFraser Fir Sample TreeGrand Fir descriptive signNoble Fir Sample Tree

Pete Pederson X’mas
Phone: 592-2639
4035 Mt Baker Hwy, Everson, WA 98247
(map and directions)

One person in our party, unhappy with the prices at River’s Edge, opted to go back to Pete Pederson’s farm (it’s just down the road a piece from River’s Edge). The light was failing by the time we got there, but there was enough daylight remaining for us to be able to evaluate the trees with the aid of a flashlight.

This particular farm is less organized than River’s Edge, and a lot of the trees appeared to have not been trimmed at all (although some clearly had been). But that has an upside, too – the prices were much better than at River’s Edge, and there was a large range of sizes. Get yourself a pair of cheap hedge shears, and trim up the tree yourself, saving anywhere from $20-$40. Worth the extra work, in my opinion, but then, I’ve got Scots blood… 🙂

Pete Pederson X’mas Tree Prices

Pete Pederson’s very reasonable prices.

O’ Tannenbaum, O’ Tannenbaum, vie trois sen deine blatter…

The Pete Pederson tree my sister-in-law finally decided on.

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  • When: Friday, Dec. 7, 6:00-7:30 PM
  • What: The Burlington Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Arrival of Santa Claus festival at Alpha Park. Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. aboard a Burlington fire engine. Mayor Tjeerdsma and Santa will light the tree and then head to the Burlington Chamber Hall for hot cider, cookies, free kids’ activities and pictures with Santa.

For more information: 360-757-0994.

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