I just read this piece on the Care2 website. They have a quite good selection of environmentally related articles. It’s a bit sobering to think of the environmental costs of the plastic option for the Xmas tree.
Personally, I forewent the Christmas tree presence in my living room when my second cat was still a kitten. I just knew that she’d jump on it and take it all down, glass balls and all. And that would have really upset me. So I’ve been hanging all my glass balls and other colorful twinkly ornaments on wide gold ribbons that adorn my doorways and windows in the living room and dining room.
The fun aspect of hanging them is that there are no trees cut nor plastic produced for my need to celebrate the birth of Christ (never did get that association anyway). Plus I leave the colorful ornaments up all winter to give me some fun cheer while it is so grey and somber outside. Then when the first bulbs poke up from the ground come late February and some inkling of vibrant colors return to my yard, it’s time for me to shed my house of the interior vibrancy. It’s a delightful seasonal shift that I’ve been celebrating for years.