Confession: I have never had a real Christmas tree. gasp! Allow me to explain.
As I mentioned in my last post, my birthday is in December. When my parents were first starting out, they were more concerned about supporting a baby on the incomes of a schoolteacher and a grad student than there were about doing it up big for Christmas. Still, my father wanted to do something special so he purchased an artificial tree for $10 (a big expense for them at the time) and on Christmas morning wrapped up my baby self with a bow and put me under the tree.
Blah, blah, blah, the sentimentality of the tree stayed with my parents for YEARS and, though it's a sweet memory, we celebrated every season under the slanted, sparse branches of that tree that wasn't even fit for Charlie Brown's living room. It wasn't until I was in high school, when a friend commented on how tiny it was, that it really occurred to me that it was a sad looking tree. Still, in the greater scheme of things, the size of the tree and it's pathetic acrylic and aluminum branches were still fun to decorate with homemade ornaments and strings of garland.
Since then I've always had an excuse to skip having a tree- despite the fact that I ALWAYS decorate. Every year I've either been travelling or just not had the space to justify something big. I'm currently living in around 800 sq ft with my partner, our dog, and two cats. We technically could make room for a tree...but that's were the problem really arises: to go fake or au natural?
My initial conflicting thoughts as argued by the two devils on my shoulders:
Chopping down our precious trees for decoration is harmful to our forests!
Purchasing plastic products for decorations unnecessarily supports the evil oil industry!
So, which voice do I listen to? Google tells me I'm not alone in asking this question so here are a few articles that are also engaging in the debate:
It seems to me that the best decision would be to use a living tree, one with the roots still in tact. That way it can be replanted after the holidays. I'm not sure I have room for that this year, but it's a great idea! What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear which side you take. Leave a comment and let me know how you picked your tree this year.