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No Trees Were Harmed in the Making of This Blog

A Christmas "tree" made up of individual branches collected from the ground.

A Christmas "tree" made up of individual branches collected from the ground.

While  on holiday, I strolled through a park looking for evergreen boughs that had fallen to the ground in one of our recent storms. Sure enough, I found several broken branches of white pine sitting by a hedgerow. The branches were green with a touch of rusty orange, which actually made them more colorful.

After cutting the branches to a manageable size (about 5 to 6 feet), I brought them inside to use as a Christmas tree. The secret? Using an office box to hold branches in place. I put a log in the bottom of the box for stability, then attached the lid. After poking slots in the lid, I stuffed branches into place. Voila! An eco-friendly Christmas tree for zero bucks!

The office box that served as tree stand.

The office box that served as tree stand.

I didn’t kill a tree. I didn’t cut live branches. I simply used what Nature provided during her early December snowstorm. And when the holidays were over, the evergreen boughs were returned to nature—to shelter wildlife and to eventually decompose, completing the cycle of life.

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  1. You certainly have a sense of style, and are very resourcefull.:) However, I have a history of being a farmer’s daughter, and am a bit old fashioned. I like your cards, presents, and decorations, but do not appreciate your efforts to save a tree. An artificial tree would be more suitable at christmas, rather than the decorator look you attempted to acheive. I really think that you missed the spiritual sense of the chistmas tree…. For example …. I am very resoucefull, and somewhat Martha Stewart… I put a yardsale sled with greens and a bow on it outside next to my shed this year ( you would never see the crack down the middle!). You need to think about more than being green/creative, and think about the spiritual aspect of the holiday. Thanks, Yvonne