Real vs Fake

December 18, 2012

I have a question for you. If you celebrate Christmas, do you have a real tree or a fake tree? I know many people have very strong opinions about having one or the other, and it can be a hot topic at holiday parties.

My family chooses to bring a real tree into our home each year. Going to the tree farm and choosing our Christmas tree is an important tradition for us. It’s something I know my boys are going to remember as part of our yearly celebrations. Even if we fight over which tree to buy, I know that someday, when my boys are grown with families of their own, they’ll remember fondly the squabbles that occurred over the tall tree vs the full tree or the crooked tree vs the straight tree. When we head out to buy our tree, we’re making memories.

You have to wonder, however, how eco-friendly is it to cut down a tree? Well, when it comes to Christmas trees, it actually is something that’s good for the environment. Here’s why.

Christmas trees come from dedicated tree farms. Most tree farms plant a new tree for each tree that;s cut down. We know how important trees are for the environment, right? They help clean the air. They reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. They provide a natural habitat for animals.

Real Christmas trees are 100% recyclable, too. Most communities now have recycling programs that turn the trees into beneficial mulch. Try recycling a fake plastic tree made from toxic chemicals. You can’t. And, eventually that plastic tree is going to end up in a landfill for thousands and thousands of years.

Although you can get a real Christmas tree at big box home improvement stores and little pop-up tree lots, if you really want to be eco-friendly with your Christmas tree, buy one from a local tree farm. You’ll be helping to support a local farm that’s dedicated to preserving open space. You’ll also be creating a wonderful family memory when you head out to your local Christmas tree farm to pick a fresh-cut tree (or cut one down yourself) to bring home and decorate with your favorite ornaments.

Tell me. Are you real or fake?

Pure Love Grows XOXOXO

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