Christmas is my favourite time of year, even since I was a child I would be so excited for us to start decorating the house. Since this year is mine and Evan’s first year in this apartment you can understand my excitement level for starting to decorate this place. I’m pretty sure when we first found this apartment I thought to myself about how cute it would be decorated for Christmas. My first thought is of starting new Christmas traditions together, we both have traditions from each of our families and I want to try to create our own ones.
One Christmas tradition that I have loved having with my family is having a real Christmas tree in the house. We have had real trees all growing up, it was this fun filled family event. Around closer to Christmas, all of the family would bundle up in snowpants and snowsuits. We would pile into the car and would venture out into the woods and we would cut down our own tree. We would have my mom walk around to try and figure out which tree was more perfect than the next. But one year we were all too busy so we couldn’t get an opportunity to go cut down it ourselves so we found a vendor in Newfoundland that was selling Christmas trees. Little did we know that the beautiful tree was actually grown in Nova Scotia. The most classic trees which are perfect Christmas trees. That tree looked beautiful, I can still remember it.
I think having a real Christmas tree really does help with giving your house the true Christmas feeling. You can smell a real tree all throughout your home, no matter what, it smells exactly how you want it, no need for any candles (you can have them if you want) but your house will smell without them.
Before moving here I didn’t know how big Christmas tree farming was and how important it is, here in Nova Scotia. But there are over 1200 families which grow them throughout the province. The farms are about 39,000 acres in total, they are incredible. Plus, now instead of going and cutting down a tree in the woods which if I’m being honest was not easy and you would fall down a lot trying to get to the tree, you are supporting locally and a family run business. I think it would be the perfect experience, there are also some farms where you can actually cut down the tree yourself, if you are interested in supporting there are many options, I suggest visiting iloverealtrees website for any information. Imagine on a crisp winter-y day getting all bundled up because you are headed towards to the wilderness. Having all the layers on and walking around in the lines of trees and finally choosing the perfect height and shape for your place and then finally being able to cut it down yourself.
The farming is a full tradition throughout Nova Scotia, it helps support more families in rural Nova Scotia. They strive to produce these beautiful picturesque trees which are also great trees for other wildlife when they aren’t being sold as the Christmas trees they were grown to be. To be able to be part of their tradition in Christmas makes it feel even more important.
If you are thinking about how does the growth of Christmas trees impact the world and the environment, it actually helps the environment. Each tree helps with the production of oxygen, each one acre of these beautiful trees gives enough daily oxygen for 18 people. Like I said before there is about 39,000 acres in Nova Scotia. The whole province benefits from these farmers growing these trees. They are renewable, reusable and biodegradable. There are places throughout Nova Scotia which you can recycle the trees instead of putting them in the landfill which is encouraged. They will make mulch with the trees and then they become the mulch around the city. The trees that do not get cut down can be used for shelter for wildlife and more trees will be grown for the next year. David Suzuki even states himself that cutting down a Christmas tree is not bad for the environment. I mean if the leading person in climate control and conservation of this earth says it’s fine to do so, I believe them.
I think this will become our new tradition for Evan and I, picking out a Christmas tree from a farm locally. It gives me great excitement to know that I am helping support a family business, that I will be putting less into a landfill and I’m excited for the smell of that tree throughout my apartment. If you have been thinking about going to get a real Christmas tree, then I think you should go visit a farm. You can visit iloverealtrees.com for information about your closest farm near you. They also have more than just trees, they make beautiful wreaths as well. Happy start to new Christmas traditions.