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To ‘Go Green’ This Holiday Just Go GREEN

 

 by Amy Lignor

I, like others out there, have walked down both ‘roads’ when it comes to hauling that Christmas tree home. One road is located in the not-yet-frozen tundra (but sill massively cold) woodland area. Now, this can mean your own timberland or the lovely Christmas tree farms that are in business just to offer up that real tree you and your family wants, and  remain environmentally sound at the same time.

 

The other road I’ve walked down is warmer, far more brightly lit, and there are voices overhead. No, not talking about some Holidayparanormal escape; I’m talking about Walmart or other retailers where you go in, pick up the artificial tree (hoping you bought the one that was already assembled), and haul it home. Eco-friendly in one way, because a tree is saved in the Great Outdoors; but not eco-friendly when it comes to the amount of packaging and cardboard that comes along with it.

 

So…what IS better? This is a debate that will forever rage on depending on who you speak to. Some are dead-set against ever cutting down that stunning evergreen because it takes away from the beauty and health of this world. However, this is not true when it comes to purchasing the tree in a location that was ‘made’ for that tree to be cut just for you.

 

There is a National Christmas Tree Association (believe or not) that issues reports regarding these special places where you can buy the perfect evergreen. From Christmas tree farms to garden centers, these are areas that improve this planet by providing you your real, live, as ‘green’ as it gets, tree.

 

Being environmentally-friendly is a good thing. Gosh knows with the way the world is now, we all need to jump on the ‘green’ bandwagon in all areas of life from Christmas trees to clothing and food. But when you head for that artificial tree thinking you are a savior of the planet, it is important to remember that heading to the Christmas tree farm is actually far better for the world around you.

 

Christmas trees are a good crop for farmers. Every year the farmers plant a few brand new seedlings into the soil and then cut the well-grown trees in the winter. They are utilizing a perfect cycle for the trees so that the earth and the surrounding crops, animals and air benefits from the harvest. It is the cutting of wild evergreens right out in the forests that actually hurts These are trees needed in order for the health of the earth to improve.

 

If heading to the tree farm, another great thing to take note of is the fact that the real, live, green beauties are biodegradable; they can be recycled into mulch that can then be used to benefit crops, as well as lakes – offering a place for the fish to hide away from predators.

 

Holiday 2No toxic fumes are released by the real thing; and the trees won’t burn easily – especially (and you should make sure this is ALWAYS done) – if the tree always has water and will not dry out inside.

 

Best of all? You need that scent. Evergreen is right up there with cinnamon when it comes to the holiday season. And no fake-spray bottle or candle is going to do the job correctly.

 

So as a ‘walker’ down both timberland tundra and retailer aisle, I can say with full and complete honesty and assuredness that to go ‘green’ this Christmas – GO GREEN!

 

Until Next Time, Everybody,

Amy

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