Although I do love the feel and smell of a live Christmas tree, it just never made sense to me that we should cut down a healthy tree just to decorate our home for a few weeks (at most). It just seems like such a waste. That’s why I’ve always had artificial Christmas trees. Sure, they aren’t quite as nice, but you can reuse them over and over again.
When I was a teenager, one of our neighbors had a different take on Christmas trees. They got a living Christmas tree. I don’t mean a “fresh cut” tree. No, I’m talking about a living tree with the root ball attached. They would decorate it for Christmas (all in blue if I remember right) and have it during the season. Then, when the Christmas season was over, they would move the tree outside and plant it in their backyard. What a great way to have a Christmas tree. You get all of the smell and feel of a real tree with none of the waste.
Whenever I would walk outside and look at the trees in our neighbor’s back yard, I would flash back to Christmas and remember how beautiful the trees looked when they were all decorated. It was like having a little bit of Christmas all year long.
If you decide to do this in your home, be sure to check with local nurseries to find out the best planting tips for your area.