I put up five Christmas trees each year. One stands in front of the window in our mudroom and is covered in ornaments that I’ve collected from my travels over the years. You can see it from the road as soon as you come over the hill leading up to our house.
The second is a slightly bigger one in our living room that I insist on putting colored lights on even though the rest of my family prefers white ones. The colored lights are nostalgic and remind me of my childhood. The lower third is where all the non-breakable ornaments hang, an attempt to dog proof it. It’s also tied to the ceiling for reinforcement since it has some irreplaceable ornaments on it including a glass elephant my grandmother gave me.
A third table top tree in our breakfast area showcases my Superwholock obsession although in actuality it is covered only in Doctor Who ornaments and one determined mini-bust of Dean Winchester that I converted into something that I could hang in the tree out of desperation at not being able to find any other Supernatural ornaments. I’ve yet to locate a Sherlock one that I like either.
I also put up two silver pom-pom trees. I love all my trees but once Christmas is done I need to dispose of the live ones and since I don’t have access to a chipper shredder I was in search of an environmentally friendly way to say goodbye.
I found one when I learned that goats like to munch on Christmas trees as a tasty treat. Smiling Hill Farm, a local dairy farm, takes donations of old Christmas trees for two weekends each January.
You need to be sure the tree is completely cleared of any decorations before dropping it off. The first year we brought our trees they showed us a tree that the goats had already snacked on earlier. The goats had cleaned off every single pine needle. It was completely bare and quite impressive.
According to this blog post Can Goats Eat Christmas Trees? from Timber Creek Farm, pine trees have a high vitamin c content and are good for intestinal worm control. It’s also a special treat for the goats helping to break up the monotony we all start feeling during the winter months.
I am excited to make dropping off our Christmas tree at Smiling Hill Farm an annual holiday tradition. It’s a nice way to wrap up the fun and excitement of the holidays and know that our trees are being recycled in the most adorable of ways.
Do you put up a Christmas tree? How do you dispose of it?
I’m participating in a Blogging A-Z Challenge for April 2018. I will be posting new content every day this month except most Sundays. Each post is associated with a letter of the alphabet, starting with A and ending with Z. My theme for the challenge is Winters in Maine. To read more of my A to Z posts, click HERE.
Garman, J. (2017, December 27). Can Goats Eat Christmas Trees? Retrieved March 22, 2018, from https://timbercreekfarmer.com/can-goats-eat-christmas-trees/
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|Place||Smiling Hill Farm|
|Address||781 County Rd, Westbrook, ME 04092|
|Winter Scene||Recycling Christmas Trees|
|Website||Smiling Hill Farm|
|Favorite ♥||Adorable Goats|