I haven’t put up a Christmas tree yet. Partly because I don’t know where in our little house to put it, partly because I’m afraid Beck will destroy it (and my nerves while he is at it), and partly because I am conflicted about what kind to get.
I have always gone the “real” tree route. The weekend after Thanksgiving (or as soon as I could talk Dave into it) we would go pick out a tree and I would spend the next day decorating it. Now though, I am reading all this Grinchy stuff about how Christmas trees take up to 12 years to grow and they are loaded with pesticides, herbicides and petro-fertilizers for those 12 years. Plus there is the whole transport issue. So people are saying to buy a locally grown, organic tree. I haven’t priced those out, but I am guessing they are pretty expensive for something that is going to last a month at best.
There is the fake tree route. Billed as lasting for years, they may seem an earth-friendly option at first. But wait, what are they made out of? PVC! In California they even have to come with a ‘contains lead’ warning. Hmm… not the best thing to be off-gassing into your living room or for little ones to suck on. If you already have a fake tree, go ahead and keep using it until it falls apart, but don’t buy a new one.
Next up, the living tree. You can get pine trees or rosemary shaped like a pine tree in pretty pots in all sizes that you bring inside to decorate for Christmas then plant outside afterwards. Most likely the best option for the earth and your living room air, make sure you get a tree or plant that will like living in your yard and follow the directions when you plant it. I bought a little 1 foot tree last year at Trader Joe’s and put it up where Beck couldn’t reach it. Unfortunately, I am not the best gardener and I let it die. Oops.
Recently I stumbled across Feather trees. These intrigue me. Started in Germany as their pine forest were being depleted because of the annual Christmas harvest, feather trees are great if you aren’t all that concerned about the pine aspect and just want somewhere to display your favorite ornaments. You can buy them pre-made or as a kit. If you are clever and crafty and have an old feather pillow tossing around the house, you can even make one yourself. Do a Google search and you will come up with plenty of companies selling feather trees. Or you may be lucky and find a vintage one. I am tempted. What do you think?