Real Christmas trees are good for both the economy and the environment.
If you haven't decked the halls with boughs of holly and put up your Christmas tree yet, consider these reasons to put up a real Christmas tree this year:
•Wisconsin farmers grow nearly 1 million Christmas trees each year.
•For every tree farmers harvest, they plant two to three trees, keeping the land in green space.
•A real tree is a better option than an artificial tree with respect to the impact on climate change and resource depletion.
•Trees provide oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide.
•Tree farms are a great place to find wildlife, birds and insects - the habitat supports bear, deer, turkeys, rabbits, pheasants, rodents, fox, coyotes and other animals.
•There are 1,100 Christmas tree farms in Wisconsin.
•Christmas trees are grown on nearly 38,000 acres of land in Wisconsin.
•Real Christmas trees can be recycled into mulch.
•They smell good and make the whole house smell like Christmas.
•Buying a real Christmas tree helps both the local and state economy.
I was watching "ABC Nightly News" with Diane Sawyer one evening last week and they had a segment on "Buying American." Sawyer and the reporter doing a segment on Christmas shopping said according to a study, if each shopper spends $73 or more on at least one American-made Christmas gift, that will create one new American job. While a lot of the electronics, TVs, and clothes we buy are made in foreign countries like China, Japan, India, Bangladesh, Guatemala and Mexico, Christmas trees are grown right here in Wisconsin.
As we do every year, my family picked out our tree the day after Christmas. We always buy an 8 to 9 foot tall Frazier Fir from friends of ours who sell 200 Christmas trees each season that are grown on a tree farm near Merrill. Real trees are getting more expensive. We paid $58 for our 9 foot tall Frazier Fir this year, but I figure it's worth it.
We always saw an inch off the bottom of the trunk right before we put it in the tree stand and bring it in the house and water it. The tree lasts for six weeks thanks to daily watering and sheds very few needles. It smells great and reminds me of all the Christmas trees we get each year. I also buy a real wreath for the front of the house from our Christmas tree provider. It cost $15, is already decorated and looks great on the front of my house. I've already purchased$73 in American made gifts this season and I've barely started my Christmas shopping.
I will be looking for American made gifts, but it makes me feel good to know that I have already done my part this holiday season to boost the economy and help the environment while enjoying a real symbol of Christmas.