elementalheart wrote:(...)even with roots. And from experience in the UK, most "Christmas" trees sold in pots have been dug up with just enough root to fit the pot size, which leaves the vast majority of the structure underground and most of them won't survive even if watered (...)
skydove wrote:If you cut one plant three.
Dathi wrote:Which gets me on to an only vaguely related hobby horse. Mixing metophors, it really "gets my goat" to find "spiritual" junk littering sacred sites; coins and crystals wedged into trees and ancient monuments, candle, fire and incense remnants, and even bottles and plastic detritus left scattered after special days.
Dathi wrote:Which gets me on to an only vaguely related hobby horse. Mixing metophors, it really "gets my goat" to find "spiritual" junk littering sacred sites...
BrannaLaurelin wrote:Thank you so much, everyone, for all your answers and advice!
For my part I could buy a fake tree (though it would have to look real) and have that year after year, but it is very important for my husband to have a real tree... I love the idea of a potted tree, though I'm not sure if the dry indoor air would be good for the tree - I have heard that they do not often survive being brought in and then taken out again. I also live in Norway, and the winters are very cold - so I'm afraid the sudden change of temperature will also be hurtful for the tree.
But what we ended up doing this year was this: We went to a cut-your-own-tree farm and found a beautiful little pine tree. I laid my hands on it and closed my eyes, explaining silently what we wanted to do, trying to project images of how we would decorate it, how it would brighten up our house and warm our hearts, and asked it if it was ok if we did this. It was weird, because I haven't really been able to sense these things well before, but I felt a sense of calm, of acceptance, and the thought that popped into my head was that maybe it was grateful that we at least asked first, and didn't just chop it down unceremoniously like all the other trees had to endure. It may have been my imagination, but I really felt much better for this. We also cut it very swiftly, so as the actual cutting would be as swift as possible.
I wasn't able to leave an offering then and there, because it was a cut-your-own-tree farm and there were other people about, but today I will go into the forest and leave an offering to Nature (maybe a lock of hair, or some nuts and bread for the wildlife), and then in the spring I think I'll plant a new pine tree in the forest.
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