We are blessed with THE most beautiful real Christmas tree in our home this year. The smell of pine has filled our home and created such warmth and love. We are totally feeling the spiritual side of the Christmas season.
It is not easy to make eco conscious choices at Christmas. A living Christmas tree in a pot is the ultimate gift you can give the earth at Christmas, but only if you have the land available to plant the tree afterwards. A real Christmas tree, like we have this year, has given to the earth for the past three years by stopping erosion, creating homes in it’s branches for a myriad of insects and by collecting carbon as it grows. What happens to it’s carbon now that it is cut, I am not sure. But knowing that it will give back to the earth in it’s sacrifice as mulch at the end of Christmas has to be a plus.
Choosing a living tree is the ultimate for Christmas.
But if you already own a plastic tree do not fear. Yes…a plastic tree is bad for the environment as it takes carbon, petrochemicals and toxins to create but you can justify keeping your already purchased plastic tree by realising that it will save the sacrifice of many trees in its lifetime. The truly eco conscious way I can see to justify your plastic tree that you already own, is to make it last for years. Love it for years. And when it is finally at it’s end, choose to recycle it consciously.
As for the tree decorations, it is nearly impossible to avoid the mass consumerism and marketing that comes with Christmas decorations. They surround you wherever you look!
I have come up with some beautiful ideas to decorate your tree in a truly unique and consumerism-free way…
Origami is such a truly beautiful art form. Why not have your kids make many Japanese cranes or something similar from divine Origami paper. Join together with string and decorate your tree. You could even make paper planes!
Or how about reusing the decorations you already own and using ribbon as tinsel to tie the theme of your Christmas together? Therefore the ribbon is uncut and totally re-useable…
What about hanging gingerbread men, homemade iced circular cookies with a hole in the middle, cinnamon sticks, some cranberries on thread, fresh cherries on their stalks and candy canes on the tree? You are limited only by your imagination……
My husband and I have used offcuts of ribbon to decorate our tree for many years now. We tie the ribbon in bows at the end of each branch. At the end of the Christmas period, we untie, flatten and then place into a box with the stunning Christmas ornaments we have collected over the years ready to be reused next year.
We have decided that by purchasing only two absolutely stunning Christmas ornaments each year made of ceramic, glass, timber or metal, we are building a tradition we hope will be passed on through future generations. Less is more.