Christmas is becoming a big business and money making affair. While, I love the magic of Christmas and all of the traditions that go with it, I am not keen on spending huge amounts of money for it. I much prefer to enjoy a nice meal with family and buy a lovely present for my daughter than spend a fortune every year on decorating the house.
Don't get me wrong I love my house to look good and I love decorating it. But Buying a Christmas tree is something we have done without since P and I got married and will (try and) continue to do so for as long as we can.
We rarely spend the actual Christmas day at home as we travel to, at least, one side of our family across Europe. So spending money on a tree that has been chopped down and will die after a few weeks is not my priority. Apparently, buying fake plastic trees is not environmentally-friendly at all either. A tree needs to be reused for at least 20 years before its environmental impact makes it worth it over a real tree.
|an alternative Christmas tree at my parents'|
I have been inspired by my parents who stopped having a 'real' Christmas tree when my brother and I grew up and moved out of the house.
We have been through different set ups with dead branches picked up in the forest and decorated in various ways.
|an actual Christmas at 'home' (back in the U.K.) caused by an imminent baby birth|
With a child, though, we had to find something that looked more like a tree. After some internet searches, we found something we liked: a tree made out of wood scraps.
|current recycled Christmas tree|
It looks (roughly) like a Christmas tree and we can decorate it in a more traditional way. All of the wood was destined for the bin and we simply cut it to size. Upcycling at its best, sustainable and handmade by my father.
LJ commented this year that it was not green! But forgot all about it when it came to decorate it. This is our tree and we love it.