For many, Christmas wouldn't be the same without a live, fragrant Christmas tree in their home. Today nearly all of the trees sold at seasonal Christmas-tree lots are grown on tree farms. So forests aren't hurt by choosing a cut tree, said Jeff Olson, the vice-president of marketing and development for American Forests, a Washington, D.C.-based conservation nonprofit.
If you truly desire a real tree, recycle it this year. It is well known and respected that the scent of a real tree brings a great Christmas spirit along with it. However it usually ends up in a landfill. Visit www.realchristmas tree.org to find a place near you in order to recycle your real tree.