Cutting Christmas Trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains

We have a tradition of cutting our Christmas tree in the Santa Cruz Mountains on the Saturday following Thanksgiving.  It was a great time last year and we were hoping it would be the same this year.  This event provides a great kick-off to the Christmas season, is a great way to use up leftovers, and gives everyone a fantastic excuse to enjoy a party at the Calise house.

This year, it poured rain yesterday so Jo-Anne let everyone know on Friday that the annual event would be held on Sunday this year.  Mike and Donna Calise continued to host the post-party party at their house even though it was a school night.

The central location, where the food and drinks are served, is surrounded by trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It was clear, cool and surprisingly dry in the tree farm today.

The central location, where the food and drinks are served, is surrounded by trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It was clear, cool and surprisingly dry in the tree farm today.

Ram Reyna, far left, enjoying a warm bowl of chili.

Ram Reyna, far left, enjoying a warm bowl of chili.

The boys enjoying a fine afternoon in the Santa Cruz Mountains. From left, Ram Reyna, Paul Fulton, Dave Cullinane and Bryan

The boys enjoying a fine afternoon in the Santa Cruz Mountains. From left, Ram Reyna, Paul Fulton, Dave Cullinane and Bryan

Jim OBrien called the sunset, noting the amount of light remaining in the day at 22-1/2 minutes. Thus, everyone was instructed to pack up and head to the Calise house in Los Gatos.

Jim O’Brien looking at the sun dipping over the Pacific Ocean, estimated the amount of daylight remaining in the day at 22-1/2 minutes. Thus, everyone was instructed to pack up and head to the Calise house in Los Gatos.

Gone. (Next stop is Edelen Avenue in Los Gatos.)

Gone. (Next stop is Edelen Avenue in Los Gatos.)

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