Yes, a real Christmas tree is better for the environment rather than an artificial tree. When the holidays are over, you can recycle your tree by grinding it up into mulch. If you can’t grind it yourself, like me, go to Home Depot, and they are more than happy to take it from you. 

Growing up, I had no idea that I had another option but an artificial tree because my parents had the same tree for decades. Now that my boyfriend and I are transitioning to have a better environmentally-friendly lifestyle, we have now educated ourselves that someday, when a plastic tree gets thrown out and ends up in a landfill, it will take the next 1000 years to break down the material. 

You might be thinking, isn’t it terrible to cut down a live tree? Wouldn’t that take away the amount of oxygen that is releasing daily? Some farmers are just in the Christmas tree farming business, where they plant Christmas trees in large areas of land where it may take 8 to 12 years to grow an adult-sized tree. During this decade of raising the trees, the tree is taking carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, which in turn helps to clean the air and maintain slow climate change. 

In the Austin area in Texas, there are a few places to purchase a real tree. It could be from Walmart, Home Depot, or a popular local business named Papa Noel Christmas Trees

This local business is right next to the Farmer’s Market in Lakeline Mall, located in North Austin. Depending on the size of tree, you are probably going to spend between $65 to $100 for a real tree.

Happy Boyfriend @ Papa Noel Christmas Trees
Lakeline Mall, North Austin, Texas

We got a tree and a tree holder from Papa Noel Christmas Trees. They have a handful of workers to help net the tree and carefully tie on the top of your car, or if the tree is small enough (under 6 foot), then they will help with placing it inside your vehicle. 

Our car immediately smelled like Christmas! 

Most importantly, we were so anxious about how our kitty cats were going to react to a real tree – whether they will try to knock it down, climb to the top, or even try to drink from the water bowl. But, luckily, we have been blessed with some pretty cool kitties, and they don’t touch the tree at all! Woo! 

Cee Ng

Hello, I’m Cee! I’m a lifestyle blogger during my downtime and a consultant and producer during the day. This blog is to share experiences in travel, work, beauty, relationships, cooking, shopping and lifestyle tips that I hope can inspire you to live the best version of yourself in whichever stage you are in life and have fun with no regrets!