December 3, 2021
The magical twinkling lights and memories that each ornament holds make putting up the Christmas tree one of the most wonderful events of the holiday season. As you reach for the decorations this year, you may be wondering about the environmental impacts of a fresh cut Christmas tree.
Many things can influence your decision on which tree is right for your home. Location, size, and disposal all play important roles in determining whether a fresh cut or everlasting tree is the best choice. Let’s take a look at some of the history and impact of choosing a fresh cut tree to help you decide if this is the right choice for you to put your presents under this year.
You may wonder why we even put up a Christmas tree each year? The history of Christmas trees dates back thousands of years to when pagan cultures would cut down evergreen trees in December and bring them inside their homes or temples in celebration of the winter solstice.
In the 17th century, German Christians began to adopt the tradition of evergreens and Christmas decorations. The tree as a symbol of Christmas spread through the rest of Europe and by the late 18th century had made its way to the New World in North America with German immigrants.
The first mention of Christmas trees in Canada was in Sorel, Quebec on Christmas Eve 1781 by a local German family.
But it wasn’t until Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert, a German transplant, were featured in an issue of Illustrated London standing next to a Christmas tree with their family that they began to become popular with the general public. Since then, revellers have been putting fresh cut Christmas trees in their homes, town squares, and workplaces to celebrate the season.
Picking a Christmas tree has never been easier. Gone are the days of walking out into the middle of nowhere to cut down your own like Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation. “It’s not going in our yard Russ, it’s going in our living room”.
Today, getting a fresh cut or everlasting Christmas tree is as easy as a trip to your local Sheridan Nurseries garden centre, where you can choose from a large selection that will add beauty and elegance to your Christmas decor.
Choosing between a fresh cut or everlasting Christmas tree usually comes down to what best works with your lifestyle. Here are 8 reasons why you should consider choosing a fresh cut Christmas tree for your home.
Fresh cut Christmas trees indeed offer a more authentic holiday look and smell, but some people may not be able to add them to their holiday core. Some buildings do not allow for fresh cut Christmas trees, while other people prefer the convenience and easy pack up of everlasting trees. Your local Sheridan Nurseries also has many varieties of everlasting trees to choose from so you can still enjoy this magical symbol of the holiday season.
To get a long and healthy life out of your fresh cut Christmas tree, it is important to make sure you take care of it properly. This means regular maintenance and watering to ensure it doesn’t dry up, causing needles to drop.
Following these tips will keep your tree looking great and smelling fresh all through Christmas.
Food is tough for birds in the winter. Keep your bird feeder fill with quality birdseed. Keeping feeders full with seeds that have a high fat and oil content will keep them full and nourished. Some of their favourites include black oil sunflower, peanut, Nyjer seed. Suet is also ideal for winter birds.
Fraser Fir – A favourite for its durability and perfect Christmas tree shape, the Fraser Fir offers lots of branches for ornaments, while not taking up a lot of space in your room.
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Balsam Fir – You may have noticed your favourite candle featuring the Balsam Fir scent. This is because it is a true showstopper, with a nice full body and a beautiful classic Christmas tree fragrance.
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Scots Pine – Say goodbye to pine needles all over the floor with the Scots Pine. This tree is hardy and holds onto its needles all through the holiday season from cutting to disposal, making it a great choice for people who want a no-fuss, no mess tree.
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Norway Spruce – One of the first trees to be used for Christmas, the Norway Spruce is a holiday icon. Its sturdy branches are great for holding heavy ornaments and the beautiful fresh scent will fill your home all through the season.
The Christmas tree experts at Sheridan Nurseries can help you find the right tree to suit your lifestyle and decor needs. We offer a large selection of the most popular trees including Fir, Spruce, Pine, and more in a variety of sizes. Stop by one of our locations during the holiday season to get your fresh cut Christmas Tree.
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