Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Tree Angst - Part Two

Even if I find that precious nook where a Christmas tree can be displayed, the next weighty issue is the matter of what kind to get.  While it might seem that artificial trees are the more environmentally-friendly way to go ~ it saves the life of a tree, at least ~ there's a lot of petroleum products required to produce and transport the trees.  And we already have a lovely artificial tree, albeit too big for current purposes, and so it seems silly to buy another artificial tree. And yet I cannot bear the thought of a living tree ~ a living, breathing friend ~ being cut down for the simple purpose of adorning my home for a month.

My tree friends tell me that they do not mind. They are happy to be taken into someone's home to be admired and given a place of honor. They are most pleased to reconnect those of us who spend most of our time indoors with the beauty and grandeur that Nature bestows upon a single tree. They say, "it's good to be loved, and we are glad to be of service."

And my human friends tell me that it's okay to buy a cut tree because these trees are raised for this purpose.  They come from managed farms, not from clear-cutting an old growth forest.  My friends have made a considered choice in choosing to love a cut tree, and I honor their decision.  For me, however, I prefer to honor a living tree, one that can be loved and admired long after the New Year.  Since the recent wind storm took out so many of our lovely old trees, and there are still many hillsides denuded by fire, this seems a win-win choice. 

And so I consider the costs and practicalities of leasing versus buying....and then the Universe takes the matter into her own hands ~ or branches, shall we say.  I won a Christmas tree!  I won't say what kind because it's unkind to look a gift tree in the pine cone.  I am simply grateful to be relieved of this endless internal debate.  And now I can move on to the matter of uncovering that precious nook....   

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