Tree disposal and the story of Ullr
How do I dispose of my Christmas tree?
Well aren’t you a finicky friend! Two days after Christmas and that special spruce is already just a flammable fir, eh? No worries, there are plenty of disposal options here in Summit — some more fun than others.
A personal favorite is Frisco’s annual Spontaneous Combustion Bonfire, on Feb. 7. If you’d like to light up your tree one more time, feel free to drop it off at the B-1 parking lot at the Frisco Bay Marina at anytime. Then come back to the marina on Feb. 7 and hang out with your neighbors while you watch the Yuletide burn.
If up-in-flames doesn’t match your end-of-season expectations, there are plenty of other options.
If you’d like to keep the giving spirit going, Summit County Venture Scout Crew 888 will be picking up trees for disposal on Jan. 4 and 10 for a fundraiser. The Scouts will gladly come get the tree from your house and take it for recycling. A $10 donation is suggested, which is not bad at all considering you don’t have to be the one to wrestle it back out of the house. I’m sure the memories of dragging it in are still haunting, so consider getting a little extra help for your exit strategy. If this option meets your fancy, visit summitcrew888.wix.com/tree to schedule your goodbye, or call (970) 333-9535 for more information.
Silverthorne will once again operate a recycling site north of Highway 9, just past Silverthorne Elementary. To get there, take Highway 9 north and turn right at the driveway before the water treatment plant; signage will be in place to direct you toward the site. The Silverthorne location is not staffed, so drop by any time before Jan. 31, and if you have questions call (970) 262-7340.
The landfill, though not as exciting, is also always an option.
With all of these options, make sure your tree has already been stripped before dropping it off. Bonfires just aren’t as much fun when the shrapnel starts flying, and no one wants to be the person who hooked a Boy Scout, so please take care to remove all those ornaments.
Who is Ullr?
Was he the founder of No Shave November? Or the first to adorn a hat with horns? Probably not, but Marvel fans can still rejoice! The great Ullr comes from a blended family, according to Norse mythology; he is the son of Sif and stepson to Thor. When it comes to a new daddy, you could do a heck of a lot worse than a demi-god, though I’m sure there were still issues — Ullr leaving skates around the house, the question of whether it’s appropriate to have hammers around small children. You know, the usual stuff.
One way or another, Ullr grew into his own, and grew up to become the Norse god of winter. Some Norse mythologists also credit him as the god of snow and skiing, which was enough to make him a major god in early paganism and in Breckenridge. There’s a legend that Ullr would ski the entire world, coating it with snow each year, as he was the only god who knew how to ski.
It’s possible this old goat has seen the mighty Ullr laying tracks, but in Summit, it’s hard to say for sure. Here you can often find a Viking, or horde of them, gliding down the mountain, maybe even accompanied by a banana and a gorilla. Regardless, each year Breckenridge hosts a festival in January to help welcome the tidings of winter and to honor Ullr.
Ullrfest has occurred in early January every year since 1963, and this year marks no exception.
Vikings, shot-skis, flying fry pans and floats will line the streets of Breck from Jan. 11-17, as a new king and queen reign over the Kingdom.
Call it a silly superstition if you will, but it never hurts to hedge some bets and suck up to the snow god. This proves especially important in a place where snow dominates the landscape for at least six months a year and lures visitors from around the world to rip through its powder. So next time you hit the slopes, take a turn for Ullr — and tip your cap to Thor for helping to raise such a fine young god.
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