The thing that gets me excited for the holidays is when our family goes out and cuts down our Christmas Tree. This is a tradition we started when we first moved to the Philadelphia area, when living in South Florida we don’t have many choices and Lowes was our best bet…very sad!
We make a whole day of it, getting up early with coffee in hand we head out to Coleman Christmas Tree Farm. We go with another family, they have been making it their tradition for the last 8 years and we have tagged along for the last 3 years.
Our first stop is to visit Santa, amazingly he seems to be there every time we cut down our tree. The boys are excited to share with Santa their “wants” and so far we only have 1 from each of them. Jackson wants a remote control train and Finn wants a Garbage Truck with garbage cans.
Next is when the real fun begins, we head on the tracker and we are on our way to find the perfect tree. This year we also went with 3 couples and of course we were the last to find ours.
I make it my mission to find the perfect tree, we all have our opinions on what tree is the best but in the end (about 30 minutes later) we agree of “THE ONE”. This year we ended up finding a 10 ft tree that was a bit bare on the bottom so we realized how full the top was so we just cut about 3 inches off the bottom to make that perfect tree.
When we got home my husband needed to use his saw to trim because the trunk was so big. It makes for great greens to spread throughout the house.
When we are totally frozen we head to the food tent for either pulled pork or turkey sandwiches which are make from a local restaurant that uses local homemade ingredients. We warm our bellies then head on home to decorate, I love that the tree doesn’t need to fall since it’s newly cut so we can decorate it that same day.
Some people may think that having a real tree isn’t very environmentally friendly so they will buy a artificial tree. I tend to disagree and here is why…
* Some people are concerned with deforestation around the world. But most Christmas trees for sale these days are grown not in the forest but on tree farms, for the express purpose of being cut.
Live trees actively photosynthesize as they grow from saplings, which removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. After they have been cut and Christmas is over, they’re usually chipped for mulch. As mulch, the bits of tree very slowly decompose, releasing carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere. So in the end, a real Christmas tree is carbon neutral, putting the same amount of carbon dioxide back into the air as it took out (albeit much more slowly).
For more information on the Artificial vs Real debate check out this article from MSNBC
This post was given to us by Trina O’Boyle founder of O’Boy! Organic. O’Boy! Organic offers services and classes for parents and children. For more information, tips and recipes from Trina please visit her at www.oboyorganic.com