A Christmas tradition for the environmentalist

Here’s an idea for Christmas or Winter Solstice from Seton’s Simple Pleasures for the Holidays: here’s a Christmas tradition for the environmentalist. Instead of cutting one down, plant a Christmas tree. Kids can pick seeds from the nursery instead of a tree from the lot (or you could do both). Fir or flowering, oak or elm, the tree you plant will last a couple hundred years longer than the one in the living room, and you can feel good about replacing the tree that became decoration. The tradition is true to the Native American proverb: “We do not inherit the earth from our grandparents. We borrow it from our children.”

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