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‘Tis Also the Season to Recycle

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by Dawn Mann, Editor

I absolutely love Christmas. Everything about it. I especially love staring nostalgically at the soft lights and ornaments on the tree while sipping coffee. We gave up the faux tree two years ago for a responsibly harvested, fresh-cut tree. The smell of a Douglas Fir or Blue Spruce amidst cookies baking, music playing and children laughing invokes the feeling of Christmas. It doesn’t get any better than this. But once the gifts are open, the guests have returned home and the season has passed; it’s time to get the house back in order and clean up. Including that gorgeous tree and all its needles it’s left behind.

An easy and “green” way to dispose of your tree is available at your neighborhood Home Depot Store. Dallas residents can recycle their Christmas tree from Dec. 26, 2012 through Jan. 7, 2013. Recycled trees can be used to create mulch, compost and other renewable resources. Remember to remove all tinsel, ornaments, lights, nails and tree stands before dropping off your tree. For more information you can call 3-1-1.

If you’re like me, I’ll be recycling on the very last day. Taking every opportunity to hold on the wonderful feeling of Christmas for one more moment and truly appreciating all the joy it brings.

Merry Christmas!



    I have to admit, I have tried a faux tree once – every other time it has been a pine tree.

    There’s nothing like that festive smell.

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