Last week we purchased our Christmas tree. It hasn’t made an appearance in our house yet. But I have confidence that this is the week it’s going to make it’s way from the front steps into the tree stand in our living room. Our family has a yearly tradition of going to the tree farm, picking out a tree, and cutting that baby down. 6 years ago we picked up a tree next to the kids daycare. But every year since we’ve gone to this really sweet, family owned tree farm. It’s become an important tradition in our family.
I love real Christmas trees. I love the way they smell. I love the way they look. I love the expression on my children’s faces every time they get a little too close and accidentally poke themselves on a branch.
Every Christmas I hear someone get into some kind of great debate on real vs artificial trees. It’s no breastfeeding/formula discussion, but things can still get a little heated.
I know some people are against using real Christmas trees for environmental reasons. I’m not one of those people. I figure Christmas tree farmers have fields full of trees. Before the trees are cut down they spend their life oxygenating the air. One acre of trees produces enough oxygen daily for about 18 people. That’s pretty awesome. When the trees are cut down, seeing as it’s a farm and trees are it’s livelihood, they are quickly replanted. According to the EPA, after Christmas 93% of trees are recycled into mulch and wood chipping. Those are things that need to be made anyway. So why not decorate a tree, enjoy it in your living room, and then send it to it’s biodegradable grave? That’s my thought on the matter anyway.
When I was growing up I had a friend whose parents always put up a Christmas trellis instead of a tree. If your wondering what a Christmas trellis is, just picture a piece of lattice board with a couple of garlands woven through it. As a child I always found this hilarious. I don’t think my friend found it as humorous as I did. But I loved that this was the unique way their family did Christmas trees.
What are your thoughts on Christmas trees? Are you team real, team artificial, or team Chanukah? Is having to sweep up needles every night worth the trade off for the piney fresh aroma of a once live (but now murdered) tree? Or is dragging that hunk of polyvinyl chloride out of the attic each year the merrier choice for your family? Maybe you consider the entire tree thing a waste of time. Talk to me about Christmas trees on this Monday Morning!