As a kid, I loathed artificial trees. They were fake and represented everything wrong with grown-ups. They didn’t smell of rich pine or shed needles all over the living room or give my dad a headache.
Fast-forward to adulthood. Two years ago, my then-boyfriend and now-husband and I purchased an artificial tree together. We saw it as a one-time investment, something to use for years to come. Possibly for the rest of our lives. The tree is easy to assemble, doesn’t make a mess, lives in the attic for the remaining 11 months of the year, and best of all, it is pre-strung with the right amount of white lights.
With two small children at home, we have minimal amount of time to decorate a Christmas tree. (And here I am, typing rather than decorating our tree, which remains in the attic less than a week before Christmas. I do have an excuse as my husband is painting the living room.)
But most of all, I have a fake tree because the parking lots turned into Christmas tree farms make me sad. The piles of trees that have been cut from the earth. From their roots. Trees that will be dying as the rest of us ring in the promise of a new year with big plans and high hopes…
It’s a nice tradition, don’t get me wrong. Back when it started, our planet was less populated, less concrete, less developed. Only a few trees were likely sacrificed and trees, like hair, grow back.
According to a Gallup poll, about 95% of Americans celebrate Christmas. In case you are wondering, there are about 300 million Americans. Too many glorious trees to be cut and sold and bought and tossed.
It just doesn’t seem sustainable.
Everyone else I know buys a real tree, I am not judging this decision, like I said, it’s a nice tradition. One that I still kind of follow. With my fake tree. Never thought I’d say that, since I am generally opposed to most things “fake.” I prefer authenticity. Like living and breathing plants.
Therefore, I am starting a new tradition.
We will grow a pine tree from seed.
In a pot to sit in the living room. All year long. My family can decorate it next year as our petite Christmas tree. We will nurture and water and love our tree all year long.
One day, when it out grows our humble home, we will plant our tree in the earth.
This sounds like a tradition worth keeping.
What are your opinions on Christmas trees? Do you think the tradition of cutting down a tree for display in your home is outdated? Would you like to plant your own?
Go here to see more information on growing a pine tree from seed.