The Great XMAS Tree Debacle – Real vs. Fake?

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.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

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Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

6 responses

  1. 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.

  2. 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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