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Buying A Real Christmas Tree
our selection of Christmas Trees.
Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum!
As December draws near, families all over the country will prepare
their homes to include the beloved holiday tradition known as the
Christmas tree. And as consumers are offered more choices, the debate
between artificial and real Christmas trees grows each year. Children
beg for a real one while parents and grandparents prefer the convenience
of plastic branches that neither shed needles over the carpet nor
require trimming and watering.
Some of us simply can’t give up the wonderful fragrance,
and fresh feeling of a real pine. The benefits are plenty, if you
want to celebrate the holidays in the true traditional sense!
In regards to this annual decision, there are some misconceptions
about the environmental benefits of artificial trees. Many people
believe that by putting up a plastic tree each new season, they
are helping to save forests of evergreens. However, there are hardly
any fresh Christmas trees sold that aren’t grown specifically
for this traditional purpose. Generally, they are tended to on plots
of land that otherwise wouldn’t have such productive growth,
since evergreens can grow in soil that won’t nourish other
crops. Therefore, soil is strengthened and used to its greatest
potential in a Christmas tree lot, especially since there are three
seedlings planted for each mature tree harvested.
Also, each acre of Christmas tree growth produces the daily oxygen
needs of 18 people. And since there are Christmas tree plots in
every single state, even Hawaii and Alaska, approximately one million
acres of the United States is giving oxygen for 18 million people
every single day!
And also, many people are concerned about the fire hazard of a
real Christmas tree. In actuality, if you keep the tree watered,
it is not any more flammable than a plastic one. And, if a real
Christmas tree does burn, it will not issue toxic fumes into the
atmosphere as does an artificial tree.
So, purchasing a pre-cut tree or going to a cut-your-own lot poses
no harm to the environment.
There are a couple things that you’ll need to do though,
to maintain the health of the tree and the safety of everyone in
the household. First of all, when you bring the fresh tree home,
cut an inch off the base of its trunk to open a fresh grain that
will take in water. Place the tree in a bucket of warm water, either
in a garage or shed, away from the wind and cold. Allow it to soak
until you bring the tree indoors.
In whichever room you choose to display this beautiful, pine-smelling
tree, make sure that it has a sturdy stand which holds plenty of
water and will keep the tree from falling over. Consistent watering
will keep the tree from drying out and dropping its needles, and
maintains the fragrance. Check the water level often, making sure
the base of the tree is always covered.
While you are trimming the tree’s branches to suit your aesthetic
taste, make sure to trim the lower branches sufficiently as to avoid
eye injuries to small children. Make sure to hang lights before
anything else. And also, hang the breakable ornaments or those that
look like treats, higher on the tree so that the little ones can’t
If you are buying a real Christmas tree this season, you can be
assured of the joy and festive spirit it will bring to your household!
Outdoor Christmas Lights
Choosing the best outdoor Christmas lights for your home has a lot
to do with the shape and appearance of the lot itself.
It’s time to deck the halls, both interior and exterior!
An Artificial Christmas Tree
You won’t have to sweep up the prickly, dried up needles off
the floor and carpet.