Consider this: according to the Real Christmas Trees lobbying group (yes, everyone needs a lobbyist), 25-30 million trees are harvested every year. So, why not keep the trees alive (as a regular old forest) on the tree farms and at the same time teach your child to plant a tree. Every September 25th, celebrate the ninety days before that gift explosion by planting an evergreen in your lawn. By the time your child is heading off to college, you’ll have a veritable forest rather than a silly grass lawn. And you don’t have to kill a tree every year. And you can follow the Christmas Tree Association’s instructions at the same time: no artificial trees either. Capturing carbon, converting lawns, and dismantling a fairly ridiculous industry, what’s not to like?