Monday, 21 December 2015

Christmas Tree

We got our Christmas tree yesterday. As we've done for the past few years, we picked up a living tree from Crafty Green Boyfriend's Mum's garden. After the end of Christmas we'll give the tree back and we may get it back again next Christmas or we may choose another one!

We've decorated it with an eclectic mix of odd earrings, handmade decorations, fair trade decorations given by a friend and decorations we were sent from an animal charity.

On the top of the tree (on the right of the photo below) is a star made from shed fur from our old pet rabbit Anya 

Here's an excellent blog post on live Christmas trees from novelist Virgina Arthur (who wrote the excellent novel Bird Brain, which I reviewed here

I've sent out all our Christmas cards now (though have still to send a few e-cards). I make cards from 2nd hand card-making kits or re-used card, paper and photos from magazines. I also send some ready made cards, often the cards included by charities in their Christmas mailings.

According to this article, World Wide Fund for Nature say that Christmas cards are not covered by sustainable timber regulations and so many of them are contributing to the loss of woodlands. You can make a difference by choosing cards made from sustainable card sources, choose smaller cards (which use less card), make your own using re-used or recycled card or send e-cards.

After Christmas, if you're in the UK, you can recycle your Christmas cards with the Woodland Trust at branches of Marks and Spencer. Special card collection bins will be in M&S stores from 2nd-31st January 2016.

8 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello, your tree is pretty. What a great idea! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

speedyrabbit said...

that is pretty,I normally make all my own cards,but I didn't have time to do them all this year,xx Rachel

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

I haven't bought a card for years. Or indeed a tree. I have 5 metres of minimalist flashing lights.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Festive is how you make it be .. at least for me! One year we used the top of a pineapple - the fronds. Worked really nice ...

Glo said...

Your tree looks wonderful, and your sentiments show your concern and stewardship for the planet. Wishing you and yours a fabulous Christmas!

ArthuringOn said...

What do you think Juliet?

http://virginiaarthurauthor.com/?p=536

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Virginia, that's a great article, I've edited my blog post to include a link to yours, hope that's okay!

Donna said...

I love this tree and the idea of choosing it and giving it back to grow....creative decorations too! Merry Christmas!