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|12-13-2007 07:48 PM|
|12-13-2007 07:34 PM|
|12-13-2007 02:10 PM|
And nope....don't feel guilty at all actually. It's of the 'reuse' part of the three R's. And as for the chemically treated toxic petro plastic -- nope. There are more harmful things in my house than that...cleaning supplies, plastic toys, hormones in th meat, pesticides on the fruit...etc.
|12-13-2007 01:03 PM|
We've always done a real tree.
This year, we are getting a potted, indoor tree. Im hoping we can "love" it enough to stay alive for future celebrations of Christmas.
|12-13-2007 12:43 PM|
We always use real.
The city we lived in previously did the pick up/mulching thing. But that past couple of years we let the tree dry out, and then burned it in our chimnea. That might not be the most green option, but it was mostly having a ritual for dd who had an incredibly hard time giving up the tree after Christmas . And it was "free" firewood
Now we live in another area, and in an apt, so I don't know what will happen. Maybe we can take our tree somewhere to be recycled--I'll have to look into it. It is a small tree (table top), so maybe we will just break it into smaller pieces and drop it in the forest somewhere . But I am very excited because we were able to buy a local tree this year, and previously were not!
I don't understand the aversion to buying and displaying a farmed tree if people buy and display fresh flowers. Flower beds and greenhouses aren't exactly natural or diverse either. And, no, no one *needs* a Christmas tree (or fresh flowers...)--so there is the needless consumption aspect. But, for my consumption-conscious family, the benefits of having a Christmas tree for a month each year greatly outweigh the negatives (esp when recycled)...so we have one.
|12-13-2007 10:45 AM|
Our city recycles them, so that's good, but mostly I just love going to get one and then enjoying the wonderful smell. It adds a sense of calm to the house. Yesterday I wasn't being the best mom I could be so I went and sat behind the tree and watched the lights flicker and breathed in the piney smell...I calmed right down.
|12-12-2007 11:27 PM|
|12-12-2007 06:42 PM|
|NaomiMcC||We had a real tree for years. Bought a fake one last year. So much easier!!! The guilt of cutting down a healthy tree every year got to me|
|12-12-2007 06:21 PM|
|jkg||We get a real one. After the holidays we set it in a garden bed in the backyard until the spring. When spring comes, DH chops as much of the trunk as possible and we use it either in the chimnea at night or as landscaping borders.|
|12-12-2007 06:16 PM|
WELL SAID!!! It only took one poster to help me 'see the green light' and now I'm just tickled...well, green to see even more clearly from everyone's opinions how this is truly the better choice.
|12-12-2007 06:07 PM|
|12-12-2007 02:52 PM|
Wow - a lot of strong feelings about our tree choices!
While I was growing up, my dad worked for the state forestry dept., so he would just bring one home. As an adult in southern Oregon, I often had friends ask to have me come take a tree from their property to cut down on fire hazard come summer (small trees and brush burn faster than big established trees). W/o that option, we would get a permit to go cut a tree in the woods).
Being a broke single mom city dweller with small children this year, I have a "fake tree". I took the tule I usually use as a tree skirt and tacked it to the wall in the shape of a tree and arranged the lights inside. Its above the reach of toddler and baby hands, actually looks really cool and we have just my older daughter and my favorite hand made ornaments on it.
I could not justify buying a fake tree - the permanent spot in a land fill waiting for the toxins in the tree (not to mention the toxins released when it was made) when almost any other choice is "greener" just makes the choice obvious for me. Growing up in house with someone who manages forest lands (everything from forest fire fighting, endangered species management, road engineering, and policy planning facilitator) probably has a lot to do with it. I don't buy fake flowers either, don't feel guilty when I pick wild ones (where appropriate), nor do I feel bad buying fresh when I can afford it. Except that a tree is larger, I fail to see the difference.
|12-11-2007 04:25 PM|
We do a real tree we cut ourselves at a local Christmas Tree Farm. We make a ritual of burning it in our fireplace on Epiphany and then spread the ashes out in the yard. It's our way of sending "Mr. Tree" back to the "planet of earth" as DD says.
Otherwise, one of our local public radio stations sponsors a tree mulching day right after the first of the year -- you bring your tree and a garbage can to take mulch home with you.
I do feel what the PP said. I find using a real tree and then putting it out to the trash after the holidays is very wasteful and it really bothers me for some reason. It's taking without giving back.
|12-11-2007 12:10 PM|
|12-11-2007 11:07 AM|
I supposed one could argue that tree farms use chemicals in their farming, but around here we have at least one and possibly two organic tree farms.
We got a real tree this year after spending all our married life (six years!!) with a fake tree and, although I was skeptical about spending the money on something that wasn't reusable, I am thrilled with the real tree. MUCH nicer than a fake one.
|12-11-2007 10:07 AM|
|mamadelbosque||We've always had real christmas trees... and all but one of them were out of the woods aruond here. Thus we have always had "Charlie Brown" christmas tree's Some years they've been better than others... I don't know what we're doign this year yet. I'd kind of like to have a little one, but finding one that'd fit ontop of the icebox is gonna be tricky! But, we shall see|
|12-11-2007 04:29 AM|
Can't get a real tree over here
Our fake one has been passed down to us and is sooo dusty. I'm planning on wiping it down. I'd say we'd do no tree but my kids want it up so bad.
|12-11-2007 03:39 AM|
|12-11-2007 12:49 AM|
There are trees you can buy and re-plant. With the lead thing and all I wouldn't use the old tree. Maybe you could make a tree out of reusable materials? Or would that be too hard and too funky? Or else just decorate a tree outside and put your presents under the stockings?
BSM, thanks for the list. That's great.
|12-09-2007 11:56 AM|
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|12-08-2007 09:57 PM|
If you plan ahead, you can make a feather tree:
(scroll down to see pictures)
|12-08-2007 09:49 PM|
i like the idea of having a live one that you can plant later though. or a rosemary tree. trees are noble to me. like horses or something i dont know. lol.
fake trees with lead are scary! right now we have a 2 foot fake tree and a live wreath both given to us by dds grandmother. i havent really gotten into the whole holiday celebration thing. all my kids are on the younger side and arent totally into it yet.
|12-03-2007 01:41 AM|
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|12-02-2007 11:52 PM|
|MissMommyNiceNice||But doesn't your town compost them? Most municipalities do, so it gets turned back into earth to be used again and replenish the soil.|
|12-02-2007 11:51 PM|
Personally, I would just buy some kind of big house plant or a Norfolk pine and decorate that at Christmas but DH would NEVER go for that. We went and cut down a tree from the Izaak Walton League (they have a small tree farm) so at least our money is hopefully going into conservation efforts. But I did feel kind of sick when I watched the tree fall down.
|12-02-2007 08:40 PM|
Oh, and only ever real here! :
|12-02-2007 06:49 PM|
|Mama Poot||If you go for the real tree, get one with the root ball still attached and plant the tree in the spring when the ground thaws. We did this once when I was a kid and that tree is now easily 40 feet high. You'll have to either keep the tree in the house or outside somewhere where its protected from the elements, and water it continuously. The root ball is messy too, but I think if you want a real tree that bad, this is the best way to go.|
|12-02-2007 05:25 PM|
I would like to keep supporting local by buying a real tree from local growers, but as much as I've tried to ignore it, I have realized in the past few years that real pine makes me miserable, and ds #1 is probably allergic as well. So I think we will be treeless this year and then trying to buy a nice fake one on sale after the holiday.
I do, however, have a lovely real wreath on my front door...the bank sent it to the business I do bookkeeping for and neither of the partners wanted it, so I got it!
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