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Holidays seasons

Real or Faux Christmas Trees-the Facts

The Christmas tree is at the heart of the season’s holiday traditions. But as we become more eco-friendly does it make sense to cut down a living evergreen for such a short-lived pleasure? An artificial tree made of plastic doesn’t feel too “green” either. So it’s time to unpack the facts of both kinds of trees.

The Real

As with most types of farm products, Christmas trees are grown as managed crops. They are not cut down on a large scale in the wilderness. Taking about a decade to grow a six foot tree, farmers generally plant new trees to replace the ones that have been cut down.

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As the trees grow, they provide animal habitats, clean the air, and prevent soil erosion. Rolling hills, that are unsuitable for other crops, are where Christmas trees grow best. At the end of the season, real trees can be composted returning them back into the natural environment.

Keep your real Christmas tree looking good through the season by making a fresh cut to the trunk and immediately placing in warm water. Set up your tree away from direct heat sources and be sure to check the water level daily. It is not unusual for a tree to drink 2 gallons of water the first day it is the stand.

The Fake

Most people that opt for an artificial version do so out of convenience. (Disclaimer: Mine is fake!) Since artificial trees are made of metal and plastic they are not biodegradable like real trees. Recycling is nearly impossible since the materials used to fabricate the tree would be need to be separated to do so.

Artificial Christmas tree Balsam Hill
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The question of eco-friendliness depends largely on how long you keep your artificial tree. The more seasons you reuse it, the more environmentally friendly it becomes.

Artificial Christmas Tree Birch Lane
Birch Lane

Look for artificial Christmas trees made with polyethylene, or PE plastic, instead of PVC. PE plastic is more durable and also tend to look more realistic. Proper storage in the off-season is key to ensuring that you can enjoy your Christmas tree for many seasons.

So now onto the next debate: white or colored lights?

Mr. H says: It’s not what’s under the tree that matters but who’s around it-Enjoy!

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decorating Holidays

Holiday Decor Eye Candy

If you are like me and haven’t decked your hall yet, here are some enchanting holiday decorating ideas.

Trees with a theme

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Front door festive greetings

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Holiday table top ideas

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Over the top decor can be found in public spaces.

The Biltmore House in Asheville, NC

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Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA

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The Roosevelt-A Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New Orleans, LA

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Mr. H says: Christmas is a tonic for the soul-Enjoy!

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Holidays interior design

Holiday Eye Candy

With Christmas fast approaching, here is a sprinkling of stunning Christmas décor courtesy of a dear friend and fellow interior designer who really enjoys decking the halls.

The stage is set for a holiday celebration

Designer Christmas decor

The glamorous red living room suits the holiday appointments

Red living room walls

Black candles and a Venetian mirror craft an elegant holiday tableaux

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Garland up the staircase

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A tall, slender Christmas tree adorns a corner of the living room

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The table awaits desert to be served

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Mr. H says: It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air-Enjoy!