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Grow a "Holiday Tree" and keep it alive. Why take our gift of life from it? Give a live plant, not just a harvested plant. CO2 is their food, let them eat more. They breath out oxygen.
Just last year, we had to buy another tree because I broke the "trunk" getting it out of the attic. Bummer! I taped it up with duct tape to last until after Christmas! Then, we bought one at 75% off after Christmas. So, this year we have a brand new tree for the first time in our 34 years of married life.
If you live in the country, you could ask a local landowner if you could cut a tree on their property. This makes a nice outing for the family and costs nothing, except the expense of the outing. You have to get a stand, of course, but it is possible to improvise.
By Ann from Wisconsin
Many people don't have a Christmas tree at this time of year due to financial hardship.
Trees don't have to be the traditional pine tree. Be creative and inventive. Almost anything can become a tree of sorts and the more unusual the better. It will bring back floods of memories for years to come.
Here are some ideas to have a tree without going and buying one:
The point to all this is that is the thought that counts. Even having no money at all does not mean that children (or adults for that matter) have to forgo the tradition and excitement of decorating a "tree".
I wish all of you a merry and wonderful Christmas and hope this helps some of you in having a tree to celebrate the season with.
By Kfromoz from Australia
When going to cut down your own Christmas tree, be sure the land you're taking the tree from, that you have the land owners permission to do so. It's better to ask first, than to do so, assuming it will be alright. Assuming, could lead to bad feelings between neighbors, or etc. Let's keep the Christmas season joyful.
By Terri from NV
My husband I have a favorite Christmas tradition that we started several years ago. Every year, we cut our own Christmas tree in our nearby National Forest. We leave work early and have a wonderful time tromping through the snow to find just the "right tree."