1. A serious question: how do you reconcile chopping down a tree for the purpose of Christmas? I have always wondered about that.

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    That’s a good question. We use an artificial tree year after year (and actually traded our old artificial tree for a different one with someone on Freecycle). I love the smell and look of real trees, but I haven’t justified buying one yet.

  3. Amy – good post, im going to try the salt dough!

    Christmas trees are a crop – they are replanted each year, one for every tree cut down. its sustainable and if you buy one as locally as you can it supports the local economy too.

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    Rivster – I found this info over at http://www.healthybitchdaily.com/ which is similar to what Mel said…

    CUT TREES. With more than 32 million Christmas trees sold in America each year, there is some concern that dying trees release greenhouse gases when they decompose. Nonetheless, most cut trees come from farms that grow them specifically for the holiday season, much like flowers or food. Because they are some guy (or gal’s) business, each tree that gets cut down for Christmas gets another one planted in its stead and the cycle of oxygen production continues. Some very important things to keep in mind if you go the cut tree route:

    Buy local. The closer the tree lot is to the actual farm, the less miles it traveled to get there. Most lots have literature on where their trees came from.

    Organic is best. Many tree farms use a ton of pesticides on their trees, so do some research to find an organic grower or distributor in your area.

    Have a recycling action plan. Figure out our recycling plan before you buy. Don’t let holiday fatigue get in the way of composting or chopping your tree up for mulch. Whatever you do, don’t leave it on the curb for the trash truck!

    FAKE TREES. While they sound eco-friendly, they’re actually pretty terrible. Made from petroleum products, they emit gas chemical fumes and when you do finally get tired of your fake fir, it will end up in the eternal landfill of death (where it will never decompose). Ever. Is that clear? Next!

    it makes me feel bad about our crappy fake tree. hmm. perhaps i’ll freecycle it after xmas and we’ll start buying a fresh local tree next year?

  5. Thanks for this information! It is a custom so foreign to me. But I am glad to see that there is a more thoughtful way of observing it.

  6. I keep thinking I want to do this too. Not just homemade clay ornaments, but all sorts. I think we need to get a small tree just for the kids though because I can’t imagine making enough to hang on our huge artificial one. But I LOVE love love the idea of it. Maybe getting closer to when my kids stop making crafts we’ll do it and display a few year’s worth.

  7. My niece and nephew are going to love this. Thanks for reposting!

  8. That is a great idea! Thanks for posting that. I will have to give it a try this year and see how it looks on my tree. I havent made decorations for years. The last one i made was when i was in 2nd grade. My kids will love making these crafts!

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