Ten Alternatives to Cutting Down a Tree for Christmas
As someone who is considering an alternative to 'cut' Christmas Tree, I salute you for having a mind that is open to creative possibilities! Here are Ten Alternatives to Cut Christmas Trees, with some direct links to for each option whenever possible. I hope you enjoy creating a new tradition and welcome you to special group of folks choosing against a cut tree.
1. Instead of a cut Christmas tree, try a living tree, in a pot.
A living tree isn't thrown out after Christmas, and can continue to oxygenate your surroundings making your air quality better. If you choose to plant your living tree outdoors in your yard or garden after Christmas, you've now added value to your property and beautified your surroundings. More on how planting a live tree helps planet at this link: http://www.joytotheplanet.com/3/default.html Your local garden store or nursery is a good first try for locating a living Christmas tree in a pot. Or, try these links for more possibilities. http://www.davisfarms.com/products/index.cgi http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/gl_trees_shrubs/article/0,,HGTV_3643_1383646,00.html
2. Instead of a cut Christmas tree, try designating an existing outdoor tree as your Christmas tree.
Perhaps you have a lovely tall evergreen in your front or back yard. Choose one and give it some energy efficient lights set to a timer, and let your Christmas tree shine in to your living room. Your hardier ornaments and even popcorn garland also work nicely outdoors...and attract birds too.
3. Instead of a cut Christmas tree, try an inflatable Christmas tree.
Inflatable trees are reusable and a treat to put away after Christmas, since they collapse into size of a small bag once air is released. With potential for many decades of use, inflatable tree can be used indoors and out, and inflates with a simple pump. No watering, and kids love these! Inflatable tree options are increasing, so check with your local Christmas store for details. Otherwise, these links may prove useful: http://www.brandsonsale.com/inchristre.html http://store.yahoo.com/gsdotcom/christre60.html
4. Instead of a cut Christmas tree, make your own tree.
Making your own Christmas tree can become a great tradition especially if you get whole family in on fun. What recycled material will you use this year? When you succeed in building an especially great tree, you can keep it and reuse.
The only rule here is: use your imagination. How about a beautiful clear tree made from used water bottles, or a wooden tree from scrap lumber? Empty egg cartons, old computer parts, any kind of "junk" in your blue recycling bin can be made into a cool and unique "tree." Talk about your true meaning of Christmas!
5. Instead of a cut Christmas tree, use a Christmas tree wall hanging.
Christmas tree wall hangings are a new, and awesome alternative to cut trees. Simple to hang and ultra slick to store, these are works of art that can even sometimes be lit. Have a look at sample photo and click link to find only source - so far - that I know of. If anyone else knows of another supplier, be sure to write me!
This is another super choice if your Christmas involves kids.
And oh yes, there's always option of making your own Christmas tree wall hanging, if you're handy with a needle. Try this link to a pattern and some advice...
The tree shown at http://www.joytotheplanet.com/images/kid.jpg is small and perfect for small spaces. A full size tree is also possible by altering dimensions of pattern.
6. Instead of a cut Christmas Tree, try a (non-plastic) artificial tree. Your typical artificial Christmas tree (found by dozen in stores all over during Christmas season) is made from PVC or plastic based materials and are actually NOT a good alternative to cut Christmas tree. Unfortunately this is because of poor manufacturing processes of those trees that cause a great deal of damage to environment through pollution, chemicals and waste.