Saturday, November 27, 2010

Tips for a Green Christmas

Looking for ways to celebrate the season while being gentle to the environment? By choosing a beautiful, all natural, sweet-scented farm fresh Christmas tree, you’re off to a good start! But what you put on your tree – and what you do with your tree after the holidays – is important, too.

Handmade ornaments can be both eco-friendly and fun for the whole family.   Here are a few ideas for making your Christmas merry and GREEN:

• Cut paper snowflakes from textured, recycled paper.
• Collect pinecones and decorate them with craft paint and colorful ribbons.
• Group sticks of cinnamon and tie with festive ribbon to make pretty ornaments that smell wonderful.
• Save old Christmas cards and cut them into shapes for hanging on the tree or using as gift tags.
• Return to the old tradition of stringing popcorn, cranberries, and dried apples into garlands.
• Use cookie cutters for holiday shapes and make salt dough or gingerbread cookies to hang from the tree.
• If it’s time to replace your Christmas tree lights, look for LED strands, which use up to 90 percent less energy and last up to a decade.

After the holidays, check with your local transfer station or a New Hampshire Christmas tree farm to see if there are Christmas tree recycling programs in your area. Recycled Christmas trees are put to use in a variety of ways, from helping to rebuild Louisiana coastline and restoring sand dunes in Alabama to improving fishing areas in New England and providing wildlife habitat for various species around the country. Visit the National Christmas Tree Association website to learn more about how recycled Christmas trees help the environment.
Trees may also be chipped for mulch or composted. Evergreen trees should NOT be burned in the woodstove or fireplace, as they may contribute to creosote buildup and increase the risk of a chimney fire.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Decking the Halls… and Doors, Railings, Windows and More!

The Christmas tree is the centerpiece of a home’s holiday decorations. But wreaths – hung on doors, porch rails, or above the mantle – also add festive color and holiday joy to the cold days of winter. Many New Hampshire Christmas tree farms offer a variety of wreaths for sale – from plain to elaborately decorated, and everything in between.
Holiday wreaths are typically made on site at New Hampshire Christmas tree farms, using leftover greens – and creating jobs in the local economy. Some hold a simple red bow, while others are bedecked with pinecones, berries, and other natural adornments. Many farms even offer whimsically-themed wreaths featuring New Hampshire critters like moose and bear.
If you like to go beyond simply decking the halls, some New Hampshire Christmas tree farms also sell garlands in various lengths, for twining around lampposts, railings, and windows. Visit our map to find a link to your favorite New Hampshire Christmas tree farm and see what it has to offer, either on site or through mail order.
Happy decorating!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Choosing the Perfect Christmas Tree

Your Christmas tree is the center of your holiday decorating, and by selecting a tree from a New Hampshire Christmas tree farm you’re ensuring your Christmas tree will be fresh, fragrant, and beautiful. Here are a few tips for choosing a perfect Christmas tree:
    • Before you head to your favorite New Hampshire Christmas tree farm, make sure you know how tall and how wide you want your tree to be. Once you’re at the farm, be sure to measure the tree you select before bringing it home – it’ll look different in the field than it will when it’s set up in your home.
    • If you’re not sure which species of Christmas tree will be best for you, learn about the different kinds of trees at, or check with the staff at your Christmas tree farm.
    • Let the whole family join in the fun of choosing the perfect tree! Many New Hampshire Christmas tree farms offer refreshments, gift shops, and other activities on the farm, so you can create a day of family fun around bringing your tree home.
Look here for more tips on selecting a Christmas tree.
And to make sure your tree stays fresh through the holiday season, follow the tree care tips here.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Spreading Holiday Cheer - Trees for Troops

The holiday season is really all about giving. It was in that spirit of Christmas that Trees For Troops was started in 2005, to give a little bit of the holidays – in the form of farm fresh Christmas trees – to America’s military service men and women and their families.

Since 2005, thanks to the generous support of people like you and donations from more than 700 Christmas tree farms around the country, Trees for Troops has delivered more than 67,000 Christmas trees to military personnel and their families. Trees have been delivered to members of every branch of the military, on more than 50 military bases, in more than a dozen countries. 
The trees are one way to say thank you to these folks who have dedicated themselves to serving the country, and to the military families who are often missing a loved one serving away from home at Christmas.

New Hampshire Christmas tree farmers are happy to be a part of Trees for Troops. To learn more about Trees for Troops or make a donation, please visit