I’ve been feeling a little guilty about cutting down real trees for use at Christmas. I hear other people say, “I would NEVER have a real tree unless you could replant it”. When we cut down trees with the JFW, we got a permit, and went to a specific location where we were allowed to cut. But when I saw that big load on the trailer, I wasn’t sure if it was a good thing we had done. I started asking around. Is it bad for the forest/environment? I checked websites, etc. Everyone said that it actually helps the forest. That made me feel better, but I still didn’t feel 100%. Then I saw a show about the environment the other night. They said that most people think that a fake tree is better but a lot of the trees contain polyvinyl chloride. When they break down it’s dangerous to the wildlife, water supply, and ultimately the planet. They actually recommended getting a real tree. Dispose of it properly, of course, to places where they recycle the trees for mulch or something. So, yay, for the real Christmas tree! Be careful, and keep them watered, and then enjoy. Mmmm – they smell nice. Check out the National Christmas Tree Foundation website.