Oh “Green” Chrismas Tree, Oh “Green” Christmas Tree…

This year, as Recycling & Environmental Programs Chairman at our daughter’s school, I helped the kids put together two of the most beautiful Christmas trees I think I have ever seen…

They AREN’T filled with tinsel, or a thousand lights, or shimmering bulbs or expensive decorations.  In fact, not a single thing cost a single penny.  It was decorated entirely with recycled ornaments and decorations made by the students.  And what a splendor it is!!!

These kids are amazing… for their creativity and the way they hold their heads so high at the display of their ornament, made with love… and with love for planet earth too!

There were gingerbread men made from sandpaper and scrap materials, reindeer made from burned-out light bulbs, candy canes made from plastic bottle caps and snowmen made from Styrofoam packing materials.  Handsoap containers, applesauce cups and toilet paper rolls were given new life!  And the top of the trees were adorned with a green star with a sparkling “recycle” symbol glittering in the middle!

One of my favorites was from a family that assembled an amazing garland made from accordion-folded Christmas circulars, aluminum foil beads and used straws.  Imagine the love that went into making that… and the amazing “family time” they all got to share too.

A Christmas Tree really becomes a Christmas Tree NOT when it’s decorated like a department store window display – it becomes a true Christmas tree when the spirit of “giving” turns into the spirit of “not taking” more and more from new resources – when they are decorated with the love of what a tree really represents…

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