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Plan for Christmas NOW!

Submitted by Eileen Guo

Why are you buying a new pine tree every year? Are you (chest)nuts(roasting on an open fire)?

Okay, yes it’s February but it’s never too late, or as I like to say, never too early for Christmas!!

Buying an artificial Christmas tree saves you so much more money and time than buying a Christmas tree every single year. If you buy an artificial tree, you can use it for many, many years, whereas buying a Christmas tree can only be used once.

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It’s also convenient; you can just bring the Christmas tree from the the garage and set it up. At my house, our tree is our friend. We see him every year. He plays thirteen different songs and lights up gorgeously to the rhythms! When you buy a pine tree, you need to go pick a tree (wow, great use of your time), bring it into the house from your car, set it up, then lug it outside and wait for the garbage man to haul it away. Wonderful.

Purchasing a pine tree is around $50, so if you celebrate Christmas for 50 years, say goodbye to $2500! Congratulations, you’re wasting money and destroying the environment. Contrarily, purchasing a reusable tree costs about $100, but you can reuse it for years and years after, whereas you can only use the real tree once. I’ve had my tree for over 20 years and it’ll last 50 more, I promise!

Cutting down millions of poor pine trees hurts the environment (duh). Because of your “need” for a “fresh tree” for two days, we lose the opportunity to breathe a little better! If you like the scent of the tree, buy a candle or a spray or something of the sort! There are smarter alternatives.

Especially after the Christmas season, Christmas products are on extreme sales. I’m pretty sure that you could get a reusable Christmas tree at this time for $20. Plan ahead; get it now! Save yourself some money, save a few trees, and breathe better.

About Cindy Guo

Cindy is senior at Henry M. Gunn High School and is incredibly honored to be a part of the Rising Star Magazine team. She enjoys belting out Disney songs, playing piano, watching Chinese dramas, and babysitting. Cindy serves as California DECA's VP of Silicon Valley and is also the singing teacher at FCSN and the President of HEARTS Nonprofit. She can be contacted at cindy@risingstarmagazine.com

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