Tuesday, November 10, 2009

oh Christmas tree...

I was reading an ARTICLE on the Daily Green this afternoon on which is greener, a real or fake Christmas tree.  

I'm always experiencing the dilemma of being green...wash the dishes with water (pollution and use of natural resources), or use paper plates (and create more landfill); how to dispose of batteries and light bulbs; drive my car or use public transportation, nail polish, hair dye, natural vs commercial cleaners, paper/plastic/reusable grocery sacks, blah, blah, blah.

this article almost ruined Christmas for me. oh the guilt, because...

I was debating whether or not to buy a large artificial Christmas tree for my new home this year. I have the perfect spot for it.  I really need to put up an artificial tree.  the year my dad visited and I slept under the live Christmas tree, I got so sick  (the first time in many, many years) and was very ill for 2 weeks from breathing the mold.  I wonder what kind of ailments I would get from sleeping under and breathing toxic off-gassing from an artificial tree??? 

I was saved by the last two sentences of the article.  I'm creative aren't I?  I could create a Christmas tree with stuff from my craft collection, or upcycled/recycled materials.   I feel however that I'd need some Chinese manufactured products to decorate said tree, painted with lead paint.  I don't think I could win the argument here,  for either side.  even with myself.

I think I'll use the tree my boss gave us (co-workers) for Christmas so long ago, same as I did last year, and ignore the fact that it was probably manufactured in China, with toxic chemicals, and cost a lot to be shipped to be sold here in the United States. 

ignorance is bliss.  especially around Christmas, right???  can you say Santa Claus?!  LOL!!!

oh, 5 good things...

1 - finished my trade cards for D : .)
2 - finished a project at work
3 - survived a loooonnnggg day
4- tylenol 
5- honey butter


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I have a fake tree as living in the desert and decorating as EARLY as I do...lol lol lol....ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm i would have that "f" word (i won't say or type the word aloud...as i believe in karma..and sadly i have HAD ENUF of that in this house all ready!! LOL!)....in a heartbeat if i had a real tree.....toooooooooooooooooooooo dang dry here.....granted the tree was PROBABLY made with a bunch of crap that isn't good for the enviroment....however COMMA, I have the same item in my home for manyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy years without throwing anything away or cutting anything new down from the forrest!!! LOL!!! PS...ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm i want ... no... need that charlie brown tree....period. :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Anonymous said...

I'm buying an artifial tree this year finally, toxic or not. With 3boys one less mess to clean up is one less mess to clean up...lol
Maybe you can find a non toxic one?
*hugs* L