I wrote a bit more about it here. Well, the past few years we have cheated a bit - we have still used our tree for campfires, but we've done it in our backyard in a portable fire pit.
We found ourselves reinstating our original tradition this year (last weekend), and we all had a blast. It is getting more and more challenging to find family activities and outings that a 2 year old up to a 12 year old can embrace. Burning the Christmas tree, making dinner over a fire, taking a hike, and even stopping at the park's playground was a hit with everyone.
Yes, we may have let Samuel try using the axe ... oh dear ...
Thankful for these days!