The Perfect Christmas tree Might Just Be in the Forest

Reported by: Phil Campbell
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Updated: 11/21/2012 6:53 pm

It’s the season where many will be looking for a Christmas tree. Some will go to a tree lot, others will hit the stores, and a few will harvest a tree on their own.

The sound of a chainsaw…the smell of gas, it’s what Michael Erickson lives for and Wednesday this lumberjack in training was able to include his family in the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree.

“It’s definitely a lot of work,” said Erickson. “I think that’s the best part about it is hiking up there, finding a tree and then seeing it in your house.”

The Erickson family was joined by the Jacobson’s who were visiting from California. They say this activity would be difficult in the Golden State and that Idahoans are lucky to have this opportunity so readily available.

For Michael, he has his own strategy for finding the perfect tree.

“Personally, my wife liked that tree and so it was more making her happy,” said Erickson. “I don’t know if there is a perfect tree out there but I guess one that catches your eye.”

The entire Erickson family made the trek up the mountain in the Mink Creek area and Michael hopes this becomes a family tradition.

“Yeah, hopefully they’ll want to do it with their kids down the road,” said Erickson. “So hopefully it’s something that will be moved through generations.”

It seems to be working as young Everett may have found a new favorite word.

“Christmas trees!”

There is a small fee to harvest a tree and you can find more information at this link.

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