It's October -- time for Halloween, Christmas decorations to pop up in stores, and the annual bashing of real Christmas trees. Thought I'd share the following that I sent in to a blog connected with artificial trees praising them as the environmental choice.
A Christmas tree is a celebration of life -- renewed life in the dead of winter -- renewed life because of the birth of a Savior. How can that be celebrated with a big plastic brush? Because that's all an artificial tree is no matter how lifelike. It's not a tree. It never provided a perch for a butterfly or protection for a bird from a summer storm. It was never brushed by a deer or bear as they walked by. It never felt the pull of the sun to make it break bud and grow. It was never alive as a real tree was.
So what if you cut it down? Another will be planted in its place. That's the circle of life, after all. If people really wanted to be environmentally conscious at Christmas there would be no lights, no presents, no feasts, no visits to family. Cutting down one tree at Christmas is nothing compared to the trees cut down to supply an average home's paper needs for the year. But a real tree becomes part of the family if only for a few weeks. And after the season is over, it can be recycled into mulch to provide protection to new plants in the spring.
Don't we have enough plastic from China already in our lives? Shouldn't a really great Christmas have a real tree?
So yes, Virginia. It's OK to use a real tree to wait for Santa on Christmas Eve. It will make the Jolly Old Elf smile to himself to think that not all the traditions of yesteryear have not been forgotten.