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    Happy Holidays!

    I want to chime in for fans of cut Xmas trees. We have always had a live tree, ever since we married almost 30 years ago. One year, it was a tree that had to be removed when my brother was building a house. After that, we have gone to local tree farms and cut our own down. It's part of our holiday tradition. We only half joke that it isn't the holiday season if the family doesn't walk acres over the farm to look for just the right tree, only to end up picking the first one we saw.

    If one is going to have a tree, real is better. On a xmas tree farm, for the 10-12 years or so that they grow before being cut, they provide oxygen to the atmosphere. Once they are cut, they are replaced with another. Also most of these farms are small, family-owned business and the income stays in the community. Typically, these are on soil that are otherwise unsuitable for other crops but great for the trees. When we are done with ours, it comes a place to hide for small birds at our feeder over the rest of the winter, then decomposes in the woods afterwards.

    About 85% of artificial trees are made in china (also with transportation costs) with noxious chemical components. The average life is about 7 years, after which they end up in a landfill.

    Anyway, back of the tree soapbox. Of course, no tree decoration at all is a perfectly good choice as well.

    Time to make curry, lo mein and cabbage rolls. Happy holidays!

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    My issue isn't so much the cutting of a tree. It drops pine needles everywhere, it needs care (my track record with house plants of any kind is horrible lol), for most of my adult life I've always had at least one toddler in the house so I had to prevent the tree from hurting them and them from hurting the tree lol, the trees we always had tended to drip sap in the most inconvenient places, curious kids popping the sap blisters and getting more sap everywhere. In my adult life, I've never lived in a house large enough that it didn't feel crowded in the living room to put up a tree other than a small tabletop one. I'm usually the one who has to orchestrate putting up the tree and taking down the tree and I don't even like the stupid thing, I'm was only doing it because the kids enjoyed it. And on top of that, bringing the outdoors inside always triggers my allergies and then I have itchy eyes and a cough and sneezing and itchy skin whenever I have to actually get up close and personal with it. Nope, I'm perfectly ok with a fake tree if I have to do one at all lol!

    Speaking of trees, best laid plans and all, I still have to go out and cut back those pine trees at some point before the roots wreck havoc on the septic field but they will end up as garden trellises or in the brush pile to be burned now. lol I just couldn't do one more thing yesterday. Ds didn't care at all and didn't want to help so I just said forget it. He is just as happy with more toys than he knows what to do with and no tree so it all worked out. I'm listening to dh and ds laugh as they play with the huge slot car set we found for him so it's all good. :-)

    Hope everyone else is having a cheerful morning! :-)

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