Christmas Trees

The Christmas season will soon be here. It’s that joyous time of the year when we think
bout what is real and important in our lives. It’s also a time to consider the environmental
impact that our Christmas life style will have on this planet earth.

By the time we read this article many of you will be putting up your outdoor Christmas lighting as well
as your Christmas tree. Outdoor lighting is beautiful but it does require additional us of energy; make sure
you use the most energy efficient forms of lighting. Perhaps, we need to ask ourselves how much lighting do
we really need to adequately celebrate the season.

What about your Christmas tree? Will it be real or a will it be a fake tree? Which one is more environ-
mentally friendly? Let’s do a brief comparison. Real tree’s are a renewable resource. During their eight to
ten years of growing they produce much needed oxygen and take carbon dioxide out of our air. They truly
have a cleansing quality. Real trees provide nesting sites for countless song birds, add beauty to the coun-
try side and help control soil erosion. Real trees provide employment opportunities and stimulate our local
economy. After Christmas real trees can be chipped for mulch so their nutrients go back to mother earth.
Artifical trees provide none of these environmental benefits. Most are made out of plastic and pe-
troleum products requiring considerable energy to produce them. They provide little or no employment op-
portunities for our local community as most are made in foreign countries by people who don’t even believe in Christmas or celebrate the season. While not in use they take up valuable storage space in our homes and
eventually end up in a land fill.

Someone once said that we live in an age of broken plastic toys and gadgets; so much of what we see
in our world today seems artificial. But Christmas is real; it is a joyous time for family with many rich and
pleasant family traditions. Why not celebrate this real season with a real tree?