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7 ways to deck the halls without cutting down a tree

7 ways to deck the halls without cutting down a tree

Cover photo by Laura Lauch on Unsplash.

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:


  1. 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 →

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center

 

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.

Minimalist Christmas Decorations: Frasier Fir Candle from Thymes
 

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.

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4. Pinecone garland

Take a winter hike and collect pinecones for a garland. You can also do this with keepsake ornaments!

Minimalist Christmas Decorations: Pinecone garland
 

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.

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6. A winter bouquet

A winter bouquet with white roses like this one from The Bouqs. Pro tip: this flower vase is really a wine chiller. Save space by making sure everything you own follows the Rule of Threes →

Minimalist Christmas decorations: winter flower bouquet
 

7. A twinkling wreath

A simple cedar wreath will look great long past the holidays. Try this one from The Bouqs. I removed the bow and added fairy lights.

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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.

An assembly-only seafood brunch for a crowd

An assembly-only seafood brunch for a crowd

New York City at Christmas

New York City at Christmas