11 December 2012

A Real Tree

To make a long story short, we decided to get a real tree for our apartment this year.  We have had an artificial one the past three married years, and were planning on buying a new artificial one next year.  Our reasons for an artificial were as follows: cheaper in the long run, easier, and better for the environment-I mean it has to be bad to cut down all those trees every single year.  If we were going to go real, we wanted the whole experience so we found a cut your own tree farm, St. Joe Christmas Tree Farm.  We had a blast!!!  It was so much fun for all of us.  They had free hot cocoa, a little shop, and a "train" ride that takes you out to the field to cut your tree.  I also think most of my perceptions of real versus fake were incorrect.  I will not go into detail, but I decided to do some research...and it is debatable which is worse for the environment.  I actually am thinking a real tree is the best option when it comes to environmental friendliness. This was my favorite article on the subject, so go read it.  (Of course, no tree is the best option, but I am not willing to give the tree up.)  And bringing in and putting up the real tree was so much easier than digging out our artificial one, sorting the parts, piecing it together, and fluffing the branches all while covering the house in fake needles. The real tree still remains the most expensive, but the fun we had together and the memories made are worth it.  Also, buying a real tree supports a local business! (Most artificial trees are manufactured in China and sold in big box, chain stores.)  It looks like a real tree will become our new tradition!  Ok, here are the pictures...and hey there is one with proof that I was there too :)  I just love our tiny tree.

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  1. Levi is looking so big and surefooted! (And I love the shoes!!) I especially love the shot of his booty--was he watching Ben cut? So cute! What a great, new tradition for you guys. Enjoy!

  2. I'm glad you came to the real-tree conclusion. : ) -Ann F.

  3. Here's what made me NEVER want to buy a real tree:

    A spider and her nest. of like a million spider babies.

    The end.

  4. Kristen, he just tripped and caught himself :) Yay, Ann, your comment makes me more confident. Anna, did you have to share? ;) Now I will be paranoid. They did do this shaky thing on some machine...I am going to say that would get rid of the critter problem, don't tell me otherwise, haha!