Chip and Joanna Gaines Recycled Their Christmas Tree By Feeding It to Their Goats

published Jan 4, 2020
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What do you do with your Christmas tree once the holidays end? Chip and Joanna Gaines have one excellent solution: They fed their 13-foot tree to their goats.

Joanna shared the tree disposal process on Friday on her Instagram Story, according to House Beautiful, which describes the now-expired video:

Spotted on the floor next to the endless strings of white lights were the feet of one of her five kids, who thankfully appeared to have helped mom with clean-up duty. We next see video of Chip, dressed in his signature T-shirt and backwards cap, who sets the tree down on an open field on the couples’ farm in Waco, Texas.

“They’ve been waiting for this all year,” Jo captioned the footage, which cut to a close-up of one of the adorable animals grubbing out.

The Gaines aren’t the only ones who feed their Christmas trees to goats at the end of the season. House Beautiful cites an Associated Press article from this time last year, about one farm in New Jersey that collects old Christmas trees to feed to its goats.

Tami Fulcher Millaway, owner of BnT Farm, fed about 50 trees to the farm’s 12 goats after Christmas 2017. “It takes them a day or two, or sometimes just hours. They eat the bark and everything,” she told the Associated Press. “I had a 14-foot tree last year. They stripped it down. It took them three hours.”

Those who think find watching the Gaines’ goats eating a Christmas tree is oddly appealing aren’t alone either. Millaway added, “Last year we had two or three people who wanted to watch the goats eat their Christmas trees. It is kind of neat how fast and how vigorously they attack it.”

If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly way to dispose of your Christmas tree and don’t happen to have goats, check out the National Christmas Tree Association for information about recycling options.