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never been so much of a waster when it comes to paperbags and all that. always have tried to reuse them...I am thinking of getting LED lights for the tree this year......talking about an artifical tree or non-artificial trees is a mute point...because both have its advantages and disadvantages when it comes to being green.

the food we have for christmas is usually fitting...a little more than needed, but that is usually always eaten the day after....oh...and we use no tinsel for the tree
So true! I always end up eating my leftover foot the day after or over the next few days. We usually have a lot of leftovers, but between all the hungry kids, it's snatched up!
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I buy spooled fabric ribbon at thrift stores. I have been lucky to find some really gorgeous ones made of silk, moire and velvet and they are all reusable. Then when I wrap gifts, I use plain brown paper store bags turned inside out. One year, I was able to get free wallpaper sample books and I wrapped books and CDs in some of those papers.

We have been using artificial trees for years, although living in the woods, there are plenty of pines available. We switched over because of our pets. There are times when the woods do need to be thinned out. The last year we had a real tree, it was because one of our pines had to be trimmed for safety reasons and to save the tree. The pine was cut in such a way, that one of the branches was used as our tree - one of the biggest and fullest ever at this house, too. The mother pine soared the following years - it is about 25 feet around now and is home to quite a few animals.
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I buy spooled fabric ribbon at thrift stores. I have been lucky to find some really gorgeous ones made of silk, moire and velvet and they are all reusable. Then when I wrap gifts, I use plain brown paper store bags turned inside out. One year, I was able to get free wallpaper sample books and I wrapped books and CDs in some of those papers.

We have been using artificial trees for years, although living in the woods, there are plenty of pines available. We switched over because of our pets. There are times when the woods do need to be thinned out. The last year we had a real tree, it was because one of our pines had to be trimmed for safety reasons and to save the tree. The pine was cut in such a way, that one of the branches was used as our tree - one of the biggest and fullest ever at this house, too. The mother pine soared the following years - it is about 25 feet around now and is home to quite a few animals.
Wow. We don't have such large pines around there. I can't imagine a branch being a full tree!

Is there a particular reason why you change to artificial trees because of your pets? I have two cats, but I also have an artificial tree. Do they get into more trouble with live trees or something?
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I mean no offense to anyone at all,but I am trying to find the words to express my thoughts on this topic,but Jeff has said it best I think. I am all for going green,and I during the year I recycle and save where I can, but everywhere you look you hear and see "green this and green that" I just think alot of it is a way for another industry to come along and make millions and billions of bucks off of things that 20 years from now we will find out were all for nothing anyway.
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Our dogs kept drinking the water out of the tree stand. They were fascinated by the live tree and wouldn't leave it alone - very messy at times w/pine needles and tinsel strewn all about the house.
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Our dogs kept drinking the water out of the tree stand. They were fascinated by the live tree and wouldn't leave it alone - very messy at times w/pine needles and tinsel strewn all about the house.
Oh. LOL! I can see how that would be a problem.
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The Green thing I see the most at Christmas are the ones leaving my back pocket!!!

Leftovers do not last long in my house (It shows too) and on Christmas morning with the fireplace roaring, there's no boxes or paper being thrown in the trash.

No seriously, we re-use tissue paper, boxes and the decorations, as much as possible, and we recycle plastic bottles, cans and such....


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Originally Posted by xmastidings View Post
The Green thing I see the most at Christmas are the ones leaving my back pocket!!!

Leftovers do not last long in my house (It shows too) and on Christmas morning with the fireplace roaring, there's no boxes or paper being thrown in the trash.

No seriously, we re-use tissue paper, boxes and the decorations, as much as possible, and we recycle plastic bottles, cans and such....


LOL!

I think all of us "go green" at Christmas when spending those greens!
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