Cut Tree Alternative: Decorate a Potted Plant or Tree

Just when I thought I was going to forego the cut Christmas tree and go with wreaths in the windows, I came across some potted evergreen trees that changed my mind again:

For sale at Home Depot, the potted trees that changed my mind are a wild-shaped evergreen. I can't find them on the website, but their needles are soft and their shape is bushier than the typical Christmas tree. I decided against purchasing these exact trees because they had been sprinkled with a coating of glitter that I just can't fathom tracking into my home. But those trees did set me off on a hunt for small potted trees to put up in two rooms of my home for the holidays.

I'll keep you posted on what I end up selecting - hopefully I will choose something this morning so I can get them decorated right away. The most assuring thing about my decision on what to do for a tree this year is the fact that once the season is over, the potted plants can be enjoyed throughout the year and even used again next holiday season.

Do any of you use live, potted plants as your Christmas tree? I'd love to hear of your experience in the comments below.

(Image: The Big Blend)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.