7 ways to deck the halls without cutting down a tree
Tis the season of wasting
Americans throw away 25% more trash during the holidays than any other time of year with 6 million Christmas trees ending up in landfills. All those decorations, gifts, packaging, and wrapping take it’s toll on our time, budgets, and landfills. Christmas decorations also take up precious storage space when they aren’t being used the other 11 months of the year.
The good news is there are plenty of ways to celebrate the season in a minimalistic way. Without all the frenzy of shopping and decorating, you might even discover you like the holidays more! Here are 7 ways to deck the halls without a Christmas tree:
Enjoy holiday decorations in public spaces
Each year we have a tradition to set out on foot with a hot chocolate thermos in hand to search of holiday decorations. Carving out time to intentionally enjoy public displays is the simplest, most eco-friendly way to feel festive. See a photo tour of New York City at Christmas time →
2. Frasier fir candle
Lighting a Frasier fir candle smells just like a Christmas tree forest and is an easy way to add warmth. My favorite is the Thymes Frasier Fir candle.
3. Eucalyptus stems
Eucalyptus stems are striking in flower arrangements, by themselves in a vase, or hanging (think mistletoe). They smell refreshing and dry beautifully.
4. Pinecone garland
Take a winter hike and collect pinecones for a garland. You can also do this with keepsake ornaments!
5. A small potted cedar tree
Really craving a tree? A small potted cedar tree can handle a few small ornaments and will last all year long.
Recycle your Christmas tree
If you do decide to cut down a tree to decorate, be sure to dispose of it properly so it doesn’t end up in a landfill. Many cities have designated Christmas tree pickup programs that turn trees into nutrient-rich mulch for parks. Other towns have used old Christmas trees to rebuild sand dunes or drop them into lakes to create artificial environments for fish.