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A Kind Holiday: The Living Christmas Company

I love christmas, but there are two reasons I shouldn’t…

1. My birthday is on Christmas.

2. While we are busy raging against the machine we might as well rage against Christmas as well and this force to get people to buy things. I am one of those people who doesn’t believe in the consumer hype and the holiday season can get a little out of control. There are so many kids who get tons of gifts every year and are still unhappy and unsatisfied. It’s just not right.

With all of that said, I can’t help but love Christmas. I love the songs, the excitement it brings, the changing seasons, the parties, and we can’t forget the tree!

I have considered getting a tree many years, but I knew there was no way in hell my wife was gonna go for cutting down a tree to decorate the house for a single month and then leave it ouside on the curb. That is not the girl I married and I love that about her.

The other day we were watching one of our favorite shows “Shark Tank” and Mark Cuban (our favorite) decided to invest is one contender’s business idea about bringing living trees to your house for the holidays. While The Living Christmas Company currently only bring trees to homes in California, it works by you first picking the size and kind of tree you want (we picked a 6 ft. Blue Spruce) and then after the holidays, they come pick it back up and replant it. Very cool!

I secretly want Bear and me to work there one year, delivering trees to people. Can you imagine seeing how excited people get when their Christmas tree arrives? I know I was!

-Christopher

 

Here are some more alternative options for renting, adopting or decorating a tree in your own yard!

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  • Rachel

    I love living Christmas trees! I also hate the idea of cutting down a tree to enjoy for a month if it’s going to wind up in a landfill. But it’s important to remember that’s not what always happens. Christmas trees don’t come from a forest, so they aren’t contributing to deforestation. The farms are replanted and often keep small family business operating. So if you’re lucky enough to live in a city that will collect your curbed Christmas tree and turn it into mulch for the community, a cut Christmas tree can still be part of a kind holiday season! http://smallonessurroundus.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-greenest-christmas-tree.html

  • Clinton Blake Squitieri

    Thank you Christopher! It is good to get a post from you! I hope you and your families have a happy holiday season. You probably feel like a walking Christmas tree being married to Alicia and visa versa…;oP Anyway, be well and I hope to meet you in person soon. Love, Blake

  • alistaircrane

    I don’t feel bad about cutting down my Christmas tree. Christmas trees are farmed like grain, so there’s no deforestation that goes on. Plus, my city collects them and recycles them by turning them into mulch, etc. A living tree would be cool but that’s not an option for most people. And a cut tree is still better than a fake one.

  • Jessica

    I love this idea! I hope the company is so successful they are able to open a location in the southeast next year!!!

  • GreenCityListings

    Great idea, Christopher! Thanks so much for sharing this company.

  • Katie

    So J-man-good to see you’re doing well and still the same guy I knew in Sac! Been meaning to reach out to you to say hey. You’re family’s beautiful. I’ve asked Sugi to tell me how you’ve been :)
    To stay on topic however, I love the idea but I’m back in NJ now. Hopefully the idea reaches the East Coast!
    Katie Andreano (Di Pietro)
    [email protected]

  • Haley Kraskovic

    This is our second Christmas getting a tree from the Living Christmas Tree company! My husband is from Serbia and was appalled when he learned that in the U.S. we cut down thousands of tree’s just to decorate for a month and then trash them. I had never thought about it….As I have grown and learned in life, we have of course become vegans, but with that we have been far more mindful of our planet. We LOVE LOVE LOVE what they do. This year we got one of their “Misfit Trees” a tree that didn’t grow up quite as full or straight as his brothers and we could care less. We adore our tree, tilt, bald spot and all. We love it and water it and he provides us with a wonderful Christmas. Then he goes back home and continues to thrive! Nothing better!

  • http://mukismonstermelt.com/ Mindy Wolf

    For 20 plus years we bought a tree with the ball/burlap still attached and replanted it in our yard, after Christmas. Each year we would dedicate one to our children and they decided how we would decorated it:) The tree isn’t in the house for long of course, but it is a fabulous way to save it forever and have great memories of this special season:) Merry Christmas & Many Blessings in 2014!!!

    Mindy Wolf