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Eco-friendly Christmas tree?

As we head towards the festive season everyone starts thinking about Christmas trees and decorations. Every year I try to jam the Christmas tree into it's original box, and every year it comes out looking that little bit sadder and shabbier.

 

The humble Christmas tree has become an integral part of festive decor and trimming the tree is an important part of the seasonal festivities. Children of all ages love to decorate the tree with glimmering tinsel, glittering lights, and colourful baubles.

Unfortunately a live, cut Christmas tree will fade quickly in our hot climate; soon dropping needles and becoming bald. Even trees planted in pots and brought indoors tend to lose their lustre fast. While an artificial Christmas tree may not be considered an eco-friendly or sustainable option, when carefully packed and stored away at the end of the festive season, an artificial tree will provide enjoyment for your family for years to come.

Rather than trying to squeeze your artificial tree back into it's original packaging ( as I do), make use of any old kit bag, or sew up a bag using shade cloth or nylon fabric. This will ensure that your tree stays in good condition for much longer.

If you need to replace your old tree, shop around for an artificial Christmas tree that will serve your family well. Be prepared to pay a little more for a tree that is well-constructed and that won't fall apart after a year or two.

Choose the shape and design carefully. While a pink tree might look gorgeous today, you will soon tire of it. Nothing beats the look of a traditional Christmas tree - and you can even find trees that have integral LED lights, which are much safer than the old bulb-type lights and will cut down on your electricity bill as well.

It so much easier and simpler to have a traditional tree and decorate with baubles and ornaments that reflect seasonal trends and fads, as these can be replaced as and when required.