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Curious Custom


We got a real Christmas tree this year after using an artificial one for three or four seasons.

As much as I love the scent and presence, I have to wonder if it’s ethical, having this poor thing half alive, half dead, sitting in a pan of water in the living room.


Author: Michael Clark

I'm the administrator of Earthpages.org | Earthpages.ca with a Joint Honours B.A. in Psychology/Sociology at York and Trent U, an M.A. in Philosophy and Religion at Visva-Bharati, India, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at UOttawa.

2 thoughts on “Curious Custom

  1. Hi Michael, We agree, and a few years ago came up with a solution. We went to the beach and gathered four more or less straight pieces of driftwood – each shorter than the previous one. Back home we arranged the wood in the shape of a pine tree, tied them together, strung lights all around, hung ornaments… and now our tree hangs from our ceiling, a permanent and happy piece of found & created art in our home. You can see a photo of it here: http://cutterlight.com/2011/12/11/new-traditions/
    Happy holidays!
    Jack & Barbra


    • Hi that is such a cool idea! It reminds me of last summer at the beach on Lake Ontario where I met two people, man and woman, who were doing much the same thing… gathering sticks for crafts.

      I still have a small fiber optic tree, which is sort of a high tech way of avoiding the issue. I’ve got it in the front window but may end up using it alone again… someday if I get too old to haul heavy trees around. 🙂


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