I have a lot of memories tied up in the sensoria of real holiday trees. The smell of pine evokes sap on my fingers. The feel of spruce in my hands puts me back in New England with November snow crunching under my boots as I pick around half-buried stumps, the smell of gasoline and sound of chainsaws. Memories beget more memories. Harry Connick Jr croons out of the stereo while dad untangles strings of lights. Mom corrals us as my siblings and I tear through the boxes of ornaments to find our favorites. My brother’s, a firefighter dog with a Christmas present. Mine was a chimpanzee Santa with a sleigh of bananas.
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Our first annual Holiday Rent-A-Tree program went quite well during December 2014. Over 100 Living Holiday Trees went out into the community. This means there were 100+ trees that were not thrown to the curb after the season ends. It also means 100+ trees were not supporting the production of plastic in China. I believe the most valuable thing that stemmed from the Rent-A-Tree program is the amount of funding raised to support the continuing cultivation of plants and tree stewards at the OCF Nursery. So a big thanks to all of our participants!