A Green Christmas Tree
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Now before you say, "duh"… do you know how to make a naturally green Christmas tree, well, Green? Here’s a hint: You don’t have to chop down an evergreen to enjoy it during the holiday season. (And I’m not suggesting you decorate the fir tree in your front yard instead of putting one up in the living room either.) This year I’m taking a cue from my sister (who normally scoffs at what she calls my "tree-hugging ways"). She and her boyfriend will soon decorate a live Blue Spruce Christmas tree, which they bought from the local nursery for $95 (not much more than your average cut-tree price tag, mind you). Their plan is to plant O’ Tannenbaum in the backyard after the new year and have something to remember their first Christmas together by for years to come. Now of course for this to work every year one would need a very large backyard that could accommodate a lifetime of Christmas trees, but even still I think it’s a pretty cool, eco-friendly idea. So when she sent this picture of her new tree to my cell phone last night, I praised her efforts and welcomed her to the "green side". Then I reminded her to decorate with LED lights, since they use 90% less energy (I just couldn’t resist).