For the last 10 years we’ve had artificial Christmas tree in our living room for the holidays. Still looking pretty, must say. After all, how much work does it do to make it worn out? Not much, right?
However I decided to start a new tradition this year, as kids grow older and appreciate more things. We went all natural!
There were many factors involved in deciding to part from our China-made beauty, including friends raving about the aroma that a real tree brings into the room. Gotta say, I felt it would mix nicely with my fresh loaves of bread I am baking for friends and family this season too. Well, I was right!
Here are my top 5 reasons why I think we should reconsider purchasing artificial trees.
1. Support local tree farmers
Ok, in our case we stretched the definition of “local” a bit. By whole 60 km to be exact. However, the tree is still Ontario grown and the owners of that farm will plant more next year bringing more customers thanks to our contribution this season. A much better option than to pay foreign labour, which lives off close to nothing, just for the big companies to make a profit and invest overseas.
2. Save the planet
For quite some time I thought that having an artificial tree is a more Earth-friendly option. Well, I recently revised that idea. When you take into account the amount of greenhouse gases released during its production and then its transport from Asia, it makes WAY more sense to go to the farm and cut down a tree that has been saving us from pollution for 7 to 10 years of its life (that’s how long it takes to produce one Christmas tree about 8′ tall).
3. Real tree saves the soil
There is a disposal aspect of having a real tree, of course. When you are done with your artificial tree, it becomes yet another piece of trash in the landfill. When your real tree has done its job, you hand it over to the city and they turn it into mulch or compost to support soil again! Of course, for the areas where such service is not provided, that tree can be used as firewood or you can turn it into mulch yourself. You may argue that you don’t change your artificial tree every year, as you have to do with the real one, but even in the long run, you are still left with, let’s face it, plastic piece of garbage. Your real tree could have grown tons of veggies by then after being composted! See my point?
4. Getting a tree on your own is a great family adventure
As we went to the farm to pick up our first ever real Christmas tree, the excitement was felt in the family since early morning. We had so much fun at the farm going on horse-drawn wagon rides, roasting marshmallows and talking to Santa that we almost forgot about the purpose of our visit. When the time came to actually find the tree, we were all hunting for the perfect one like the last of the Mohicans. We were on the mission for our first ever real Christmas tree to be absolutely perfect! It was just a fun Sunday outing with the family. Despite the soggy weather.
5. Last but not least – THE HOUSE SMELLS JUST INCREDIBLE!
Yeap, gotta say, I am a total convert at this point. Even if the above points did not exist, this would have been an absolute selling point for me. I can literally stand beside the tree for hours and inhale those beneficial essential oils it releases! I am sure they are at least good for 2 things: mood boosting and cleansing your sinuses. Tested. 🙂