Our family is lucky to be friends with a family who owns a Christmas tree farm. The Cassel’s are super nice people and their daughter Sparky is like a second daughter to me since she was attached at the hip to my own daughter Skeetr for many years. We never were sure where one stopped and the other began.
This year we will be waiting to pick up our tree, TED IV, until Skeetr is home on leave from the Marines in California. Sparky has been nice enough to tag a tree for us so when December 21st rolls around they will still have one for us to come get.
Growing up my family had a huge blue spruce tree every year. Dad was an interior decorator and the blue color went best with our gold and silver balls and white lights. My Mom was the unfortunate one who had to string those dozens of lights. I am very thankful that TED is not a blue spruce since those spruce needles are razor sharp and I’m the one who has to put the lights on now.
So we’ll pick up TED and put him in our downstairs to enjoy over the holiday. Then TED goes onto our back deck where we string him with popcorn and pinecone birdfeeders for the rest of the winter. After that TED gets to become branches and mulch for our growing spring garden.
I know some folks don’t think having a real tree is environmentally sound. Well, I don’t really see how a plastic tree is environmentally sound either. Our TEDs are raised on a local family owned farm which we support with our money. He isn’t made in China or some other country with poorly paid workers and then shipped thousands of miles to a big box store where they put him on a shelf with all the other trees and wait for someone with a coupon to buy him.
We enjoy TED and take his picture and the cats love on him for a few weeks inside. Then he becomes a home and feeder for birds for four months or so. Then he becomes mulch and cover in our garden. An artificial tree can’t do any of that.
And that space that TED used to take up on the tree farm is replanted with a new tree helping to preserve local business, enhance the environment for people and animals and to help give us oxygen and prevent soil erosion.
So, my sincere thanks to TED, TED II and TED III for being great trees. And here’s to TED IV waiting patiently at Cassel’s Tree Farm for us to come get him.