Buy Your Christmas Tree Locally

by Chrystal Johnson on December 16, 2011

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Yesterday I posted a picture of our tree, and I realized that I forgot to talk about the actual tree, and why we choose to have a real Christmas tree in our house.

I feel like it has become a real debate this year about having a Christmas tree – whether it’s fake (and made with toxic plastic that emits lead dust) or real (that was chopped down and wasted).

So, here’s my position on the topic.

We live in the middle of a national forest and go to a local tree farm to cut down our tree each year. Our forest is actually overgrown and they are trying to thin it out to minimize fire hazards (I think it has been like 115 years since it has burned and we’re overdue), so I don’t feel bad cutting down one tree since they are already chopping them down and doing pile burns.

Our home is also heated by a woodburning stove, so we could use ours for that as well if we let it dry out after Christmas.

I do not, however, like the big tree lots where the trees were shipped across the country. That seems wasteful on so many levels.

If we didn’t live in a location where we could have a real Christmas tree in an eco-friendly way, we’d probably pot one and try to re-use it every year instead of cutting a new one down each year.

And actually, my husband put rooting solution in the tree’s water this year to see if he can get this one to sprout roots so we can keep it :-)

Please share your thoughts.

Do you have a real Christmas tree in your house? A potted one? An artifcial one? Or no tree at all? I’d love to hear why!

About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 JennyOH December 16, 2011 at 7:16 am

We ALLLLLWAYS had a real tree growing up. My mom worked at a garden center that gave all their employees free trees. We always loved the scent of it, our cats loved having an extra water bowl (something to keep an eye on if you are using rooting solution – didn’t know that even existed!!), and after the holidays were over, we put the tree outside the living room windows and made bird treats (toast and pinecones smeared with peanut butter and dipped in birdseed) to hang on it. And when it was really dried out Dad would chop it up for the wood stove. So we really got an entire season’s use out of it!

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2 Holly Cunningham December 17, 2011 at 6:13 am

I LOVE a real tree – and I agree w/buying locally! The ones in the store are cut weeks ago, & trucked from across the country. Good luck w/the rooting…. another option is (if you live near a lake that encourages fishing) take to your local lake, they drop them in bunches to encourage shelter for the fish! And I love the use as a feeding station for the birds… please just don’t send them to the landfill!!!

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3 business daily December 22, 2011 at 6:51 am

While there is no crystal clear answer to the age-old “real versus fake” Christmas tree debate, most environmentalists, “tree huggers” among them, would agree that real trees are the better choice, at least from a personal and public health standpoint. Some might make a case for fake trees, because they are re-used every year and thus don’t generate the waste of their real counterparts. But fake trees are made with polyvinyl chloride (or PVC, otherwise known as vinyl), one of the most environmentally offensive forms of non-renewable, petroleum-derived plastic.

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