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Green Christmas Tree?

I don’t know if any of you have been pondering whether to get a real tree or a fake tree this year, but finally I found an article posted in the SF Chronicle yesterday that is helping me make my decision.
The suburban limbo talks about his parents fake tree and how he now is on the real tree team…

Fake vs. Real: actually polled readers…

The demise of the real christmas tree

Three times a mom loves her fake tree…

And finally, from 100percentcottam-austin’s blog, the ultimate Christmas quiz. Here are my answers~!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper

2. Real tree or artificial? I love a real one, what can I say. I think this year we will get a potted rosemary bush, cut like a tree.
3. When do you put up the tree? 1st week in December, or if my husband let’s me- the day after thanksgiving!

4. When do you take the tree down? Before New Year’s Eve usually (especially if we’re having a party)

5. Do you like eggnog? Nope.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Um, I can’t remember. But I love the Ugg boots I got when I was 14- still have them!

7. Do you have a Nativity scene? Nope.

8. Hardest person to buy for? My neice.

9. Easiest person to buy for? My husband 🙂

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Oh god, where to start! I consistently get bad gifts from this one relative who has no taste. I swear, they go shopping for me at garage sales. But, wait, its supposed to be the thought that counts, right?

11. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards? Always mail. People can mail me a card for my birthday and holidays- just twice a year, and I return the favor. (well, I send thank you cards too)

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? A Christmas Story-And I love when TNT plays it straight for 24 hours on Christmas 🙂 Classic!

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Usually I’m on the lookout throughout the year for deals. This year, it will be all in December!

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yup. Can you say, white elephant?

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Dad’s steak o’ poivre

16 Clear lights or colored on the tree? clear clear clear! colored are so tacky. think simple people.

17. Favorite Christmas song? After caroling for pay 5+ years I know every frickin’ christmas (and hanukah song). I’d have to say my favs are Carol of the Drum (Little Drummer Boy) , Winter Wonderland, and Silver Bells.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Travel.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blitzen, Rudolph!

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? One present Christmas Eve, the rest in the a.m.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? fighting for a parking space at the mall. when will I buy everything online???!!

23. Favorite Christmas tradition? Preparing Christmas Eve dinner together, and listening to Manheim Steamroller.

24. Up early or sleeping in? Sleep in. Makes the presents last longer.

25. Who hands out the gifts? Sometimes me 🙂

26. Does Santa wrap your gifts? No.

27. Do you tell the Christmas story? We did when I was a kid.

28. Do you leave cookies for Santa? Again, when I was a kid.

OK! Let’s hear all about Christmas at YOUR house. Tag. You’re it!

paper or plastic?

I don’t like to complain, but this is hard not to discuss. I don’t consider myself a real green person- I recycle anything I can, but don’t have energy efficient appliances or vehicles; no compost pile (live in a condo); and drive a performance car (subaru WRX). I do what I can though and try to implement little things that can add up over my lifetime. I am concerned about my footprint on the earth and if we all make a few modifications, we can make a big difference.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no environmental evangelist but I was pretty perturbed when I was getting a couple items at Safeway last night. The checker was nice as usual, and then after swiping my safeway card and paying I noticed that the bag boy had put my few items into double bagged plastic.

I said, “Oh, do you not have paper bags any longer?”

“I didn’t know you wanted them, ” he replied.

“You didn’t ask which I preferred,” I responded.

“We don’t ask,” he said.

SINCE WHEN? Tell me, isn’t the one thing you can count on when you go into a grocery store, to hear the words “paper or plastic?” When did bag boys decide they could decide how I want to take home my groceries?

Maybe I’m overreacting but Safeway isn’t on my good side. They’ve done plenty of things in the past to aggravate me, and this just adds to the heap. I normally bring my own bags but didn’t have them with me. Am I overreacting?

After San Francisco passed a law recently banning plastic bags, you’d think a north bay grocery store would take the hint too. Maybe I have to introduce it up here!


I’ve just ordered my food at High Tech Burrito, filled up my Dr. Pepper and I walk over to get my supplies (fork, napkins, etc.). I notice their utensils look a bit strange and I read a sign they have posted that says they are biodegradable and earth-friendly. To the left of this sign I see another sign that asks customers to only “take what they need” in an effort to minimize garbage.

So,  I enjoy my burrito and as I’m finishing up a customer asks if they recycle, as they sell plastic and glass bottled beverages. The woman behind the counter  gives an emphatic “no”.

You’re telling me that you spend more money on biodegradable utensils, napkins and the like, but you don’t have a recycling bin for bottles that you sell in your store? C’mon people.