Cut your own Christmas tree?
This year, that we did! Last year, we had a real tree for the first time since I was a child, and I will never go back! Watching my girls run amok through the rows of trees under that tent warmed my heart, and the 'welcome home' smell of a fresh tree is second to none. So for this Christmas, we made the trek out to Elgin to visit the Elgin Christmas Tree Farm where you choose and cut YOUR OWN TREE. It was so much fun, even in the cold and the rain. I am sure we have a Christmas tradition for years to come!
Real Trees are Good for the Environment
As an added bonus, real Christmas trees are significantly better for the earth than their artificial counterparts. Why?
- Artificial trees are made using materials such as PVC and metal, often imported from China, producing a large carbon footprint
- Because artificial trees can not be recycled, they end up in landfills at the end of their life
- Artificial trees degrade over time, causing potential for dangerous lead exposure around year 9
- Real Christmas trees improve the air quality, emitting oxygen as they grow
- Real Christmas trees are renewable - farmers plant 1-3 new seedlings for every tree that is harvested
- Real Christmas trees are recyclable, and biodegradable, they can be repurposed into mulch, erosion barriers, fish feeders, and more.
Does your family buy a real tree at Christmas time?