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The Great XMAS Tree Debacle – Real vs. Fake?

| Monday December 19th, 2005 | 6 Comments

xmastree.jpgThere’s an amusing article in this weekend’s SF Gate about the what many people see as quite a dillema – chosing a fake christmas tree over a real one. Personally, I can’t stand fake plants of any kind, so it’s real or nothing for me. Furthermore, I don’t think it’s all that big a deal to have a real tree anyway – it’s typically a local operation, and new trees are reforested to replace the ones that get cut. However, there are other options. Apparantly, the City of San Francisco will rent you a live tree for $90 which then gets planted somewhere in the city… of course, it’s not a pine.
Interesting idea. You could also, of course, convert to Judaism which, as pointed out in the article, “celebrates the miracle of a little bit of oil lasting eight days”. Talk about energy efficiency.


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  • http://commonground.typepad.com Enrique

    At our household in So Cal, we’ve decided to forgo the Christmas tree ritual altogether. We grag inside a Yucca tree growing on the deck of our condo container garden and decorate accordingly. It’s a lot more environmentally friendly, saves money and complements the scenery.

  • http://www.dirtygreek.org george

    I did a bit of research on this topic and came to the conclusion that real trees are definitely more “green.” Haha, green, get it? I slay myself.
    Anyway, the best option is to not get a tree at all, but I just can’t do that

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  • http://www.freshchristmastree.com Dave

    hahaha… George is right though, the real tree is more Green and healthier for the environment in the long run. I like the idea of renting a tree from a Christmas tree farm and then having it re-planted.