I was browsing the internet today and I came across what I think is the coolest Christmas tree tradition ever. It’s very eco-friendly and it leaves a wonderful, positive mark for future generations. Any guesses on what I’m talking about?
The idea starts with you going to a plant nursery and buying a baby evergreen tree. You want to make sure it’s hardy because you’ll be keeping it past Christmas. To help with deciding on what type of evergreen tree to get (did you know there were so many?) I found this fantastic evergreen tree buyer’s guide.
Okay, so once you have your tree, you plant it in a pot and put it up in your living room like a normal real Christmas tree. Instead of decorating with glass and plastic ornaments and tinsel, decorate with food like air-popped popcorn and dried fruits. You could use paper chains made from bio-degradable paper too! This is really fun for kids and affordable too. Don’t forget to water the tree often as well.
Once Christmas is over, you leave all the ornamentation on the tree and plant it in your backyard. Birds and other wildlife will eat the food off the tree and you will be starting a small forest in your own backyard. If you need help with the planting, here’s a great page on evergreen planting. Apparently fall and early winter is actually a great time to plant evergreen trees which makes it great for this idea. If you want an all-in-one tree planting guide, check out The Homeowner’s Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook by Penelope O’Sullivan. It has great reviews and should help you with all the steps.
I absolutely love this idea and if we didn’t live in an apartment, this would be our new Christmas tree tradition. I’ve never had a real Christmas tree, only plastic artificial trees so I don’t know how difficult they are to maintain. But I adore the idea of planting a new tree at the end of each year and being able to watch it grow and watch the “forest” grow each year.