Christmas Trees Eaten By What?

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🌲 What Happens to All Those Trees?

Real Christmas trees have been a fading theme over the past few decades according to the US Census Bureau, with artificial tree imports rising to their highest rates ever over the past two years, and real trees cut shrinking 27% between 2002 and 2017.

While many may find this fact comforting, thinking more trees are being saved to grow into large forests isn’t the case. Many Christmas tree farms are beginning to reduce in size, especially in the state of Oregon which is the United States’ leader in Christmas trees, providing around 1/3 of the nation’s trees.

But it isn’t all doom and gloom when it comes to real trees because what is being done with them post-holiday season is refilling our hearts with Christmas spirit, even two weeks past the holiday.

Those who opted for real trees on Martha’s Vineyard had a chance to do some good with their firs, by helping dune restoration efforts. Or how about in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where Allegheny Goatscape is helping to popularize feeding your discarded tree to goats as a delicious snack? Goats aren’t the only ones that are eating well on the farm as some have opted to let alpacas and llamas enjoy the delicacy. Finally, we end our creative recycling journey at the Berlin Zoo where the festive firs have been getting devoured by elephants and bison.

It goes to show, that no matter your place in this world, a Christmas tree is sure to bring you a smile!

👞 What Have We Been Cobbling?

The elves are always at work here at Open For Christmas and just because the holiday season has ended it doesn’t mean that our content is stopping!

Great food never goes out of style and we are currently looking to build our culinary chops and spread the recipes all year round. Our latest recipe post to hit the wires features an easy, and tasty, brisket flat that will have all your family members asking for seconds!

There are a few things that winter brings us without fail: Holidays, harsh weather, and hunting.

It’s the last H that we decided to spend some time on this week and we created a comprehensive gift guide for all of our favorite deer hunters out there. This isn’t just a list of gifts, but instead a collection of our favorite hunting accessories that will make the recipient wonder how you suddenly learned to read their mind!

Wondering What We Are Buying?

Each week we pick our top 10 favorite items on the week that we think are awesome! Check out this week’s favorites below!

🎄 12 Christmas Links We Love

✂️ Getting Crafty

🍳 From the Kitchen - Breakfast Edition

🚂 Decoration Station

👜 Grab Bag

☃️Something to Keep You In The Spirit

"It seems like everything sleeps in winter, but it's really a time of renewal and reflection.” — Elizabeth Camden


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