This way, you get to save a tree since you wouldn't have to cut it and also birds and animals who will feed off your edible ornaments.
Christmas is supposed to be a fun time with your friends and family, and the holidays are right around the corner. For years now, people have cut down large trees to take them home to decorate, but maybe try something new this year? No, your other option is to not get a plastic tree. Instead of cutting a tree or getting yourself one made of plastic, why not go out into your backyard and decorate a tree that's already there? Also, try limiting the usage of plastic trinkets as well? Now, wondering what's left for you to do? How about trying to decorate your tree with edible ornaments?
What a wonderful idea. I would love to do something like that, but not where I live. We have far too many dogs in yards and stray cats. I wouldn't want to encourage any small animals to come around. https://t.co/rtA8WLM40y— Wendy (@IamWendyJames) December 17, 2019
I'm sure you're confused by now, so I'll simplify it for you. When you decorate a tree outside with edible ornaments, you're not only helping the environment by not contributing to deforestation, you're also feeding the wildlife who have quite a hard time trying to survive out in the open due to lack of food. Also, it's going to be double the fun for kids because this way they get to make their own decorations instead of just picking out shiny plastic ones from a box.
Nicolette Sowder wrote a blog on how you could possibly make edible ornaments for your trees. Peanut Butter Pinecones, Birdseed Orange Feeders, Birdseed Ornaments, Dehydrated Fruits, and Popcorn and Cranberry Garlands are some of the several decorative ornaments she's made, out of edible items so that the animals can feed on them. For the recipe, you could take a look at her blog.
You don't need to worry about the aesthetics when you hang up your decorations. Chances are, your tree might be a bit far away from your eyesight, but trust me, this is much better than you trying to cut it down so you can see it. Also, if you really want to see animals enjoying your decorative ornaments, then maybe you could break off a branch and hang it somewhere closer to your window. This way, it's the best of both worlds.
People believed this was a good idea while some also shared their own tips. Rhiannon Thomas wrote: "I have been doing this for about 20 years. I like to drizzle honey and/or peanut butter on collected pine cones, then roll them in birdseed before I hang them. I string fresh cranberries as well. It is such a delight to watch the birds and squirrels enjoy the holidays." Dottie Kitty Cameron added: "We did this every year when I was growing up. I don't have a tree to do this anymore so I leave goodies scattered through the bushes instead."