Ahh, at last it is acceptable for a giant tree to be in the house!

My favorite part of Christmas is the tree and greenery. I love the lasting smell which no candle can replicate, getting creative decorating (with black ornaments of course) and heck… I get to bring a giant piece of nature indoors with nobody thinking I’m crazy!

Now, I realize cutting a tree for the sole purpose of keeping it for a month then tossing it is not in the best interest of a family trying to do better in terms of being green and conscious.

I do believe where you choose to support and spend your money can make a difference as well as what happens with the tree after the holiday season is over! In the PNW there is an abundance local U-Cut Tree farms, luring you with hot cocoa and toasty fire pits. What a great family adventure for the day, to pick the perfect tree in a field of many, even if it is overwhelming! If that is not your jam, local nurseries will do the work for you.

In my teens I remember going with my mom and brother to a Langley U-Cut Tree Farm. The ground was covered in snow and a rolling path that made you feel secluded – it was perfect. Now I was slightly disappointed not being able to find it but my mom showed me a new farm, Raven Hill Tree Farm, on Sumas Mountain. We loved the drive, the view was amazing and we were wishing we lived up there – the farm was small, we were the only ones which was a bonus but to be expected going so early. Of course the baby-brained mama I am… I forgot to put my SD card in my camera but Odin was far too grumpy for photos anyways. He really was on the wet ground the entire time having a freak out but driving that far you can’t just up and leave without a tree.

Last year Daniel and I had asked for our family members trees, in order to utilize what we could after the holidays were over. We didn’t find a great purpose for the branches but the trunk was full of endless opportunity. My handyman Dan had cut up majority of the trunks – we still have some floating around from last Christmas. We even asked two local nurseries for the cut ends of trees.

The wider pieces of the trunk were perfect for coasters, candle holders and even Christmas tree ornaments for the next year. The smaller the pieces, the trickier the ideas. I had wood-burned designs and made cut magnets to sell at craft fairs. Others I had planned for letter blocks, or memory games for Odin…but never got around the time to do it. We even made little buttons for a toque my mother in law was making me!

Fake Christmas trees sound so convenient in terms of watering, no mess and easy pack up. But they are usually made in unethical factories and made with a plethora of toxic chemicals, mainly PVC which is a by-product of petroleum and we all know what that industry does to the earth. Even though the decision to cut a tree to keep for a month may not be the most “green” I am confident in our decision to do so.


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