Plastic Trees pollute the holiday season

Kate Yang

A forest green pine tree decked head-to-toe in luminous lights.

Such a scene encapsulates my impression of the much anticipated holiday season next month.

For the past 15 years, my family and I took pleasure in revising our annual Christmas itinerary by including new, entertaining activities to fully embrace the weeks leading up to Dec. 25, but our visit to the Sonshine Christmas Tree farm in La Habra was one that never left the list.

From my family and I opening presents seated underneath the pine needles to my mom topping it with the star, the real Yuletide staple alone evokes a chest of hidden holiday memories, yet something about mindlessly wandering around the farm alongside my parents and younger brother remains as an irreplaceable tradition.

The Christmas tree we haul into our home every first of December places the bright red bow on my family’s holiday season package and, without it, my holiday would not be quite so merry.

An artificial plastic tree may be the more convenient route for a family of busy, working parents who find the journey to purchasing the perfect, authentic log bothersome; however, though laborious, my past experiences prove the trip to the farm to be quite worth it.

The tree — with its natural woody musk and scent of freshly trimmed pine — brings with it a tradition that will forever remain in the recollections my brother and I hold of the winter season, and for that, I believe putting in the extra effort to dole out the $50 for the real deal will turn out in everyone’s favor.