Archive for December, 2009

Oh eco-tree, oh eco-tree. How do I love thee.

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Living X-mas TreeFrom the moment I discovered The Living Christmas Tree Co. at an eco-fair many months ago, I wanted to blog about it. I knew I had stumbled upon something big. But before I could push a product/service that I had never used, I decided I had to try it for myself.

Growing up, we always had a fake Christmas tree. It was economical, easy to store, and best of all tree-friendly. However when I met my “significant other” many years ago, I also met his family’s tradition of cutting down the Christmas tree. At first I was excited. I loved partaking in the age old tradition of selecting the perfect tree and then hacking it down by hand, sappy hands aside. And even more so, the amazing fragrance that the real tree left in the home. But when it came time to discard the dying Noble Fur, my heart broke as it was hauled onto the street for city removal. I’d like to believe it became someone’s firewood or a timeless piece of furniture, but I doubt it.

So how does one smell their tree and feel guilt free too? Rent a live one! I know, the concept is so simple. Why hasn’t someone thought of this before? Here’s how it works. First you go to¬† and decide what tree type you want. Then you select the tree height. Pick what day you wish it to be delivered and picked up, and voila!

Like a Christmas stork your baby tree is dropped off right at your doorstep – by men dressed as elves no less – and there you have it; a no hassle, less mess, no chopping down required, eco-friendly Christmas tree! Less mess you say? Yup! Because the tree is still alive (meaning the tree has it’s roots) it no longer needs to cry needle shaped tears for you to vacuum up before your cat or dog do. Annnd, for the cherry on top, the company even sends you cute little reminder e-mails for when it’s time to water your tree.

Exhibit A:

Dear Brooke,

Have you hugged your tree today? More importantly, have you watered it? Don’t forget that your tree is alive and needs a little TLC.

  • Using a watering can with a long spout, pour water slowly into the pot until it seeps into the tray below.
  • Don’t allow excess water to stand in the tray for more than a couple of days
  • Be careful not to let the tray overflow
  • Don’t forget that over-watering can be just as hazardous as under-watering. If you’re not sure, poke your finger down into the soil about an inch. If it feels dry, your tree needs water.


Scotty Claus

Do I really need to say more? I didn’t think so!