The arrival of the holiday season marks a time when families gather together, and seasonal decorations are hung. From fresh holly garlands to long strands of lights, there is certainly no shortage of festivity during these months. Though traditional Christmas trees are most popular among those celebrating the holiday, some people, like me, take a decidedly different approach.
Christmas Tree Alternative – Feeding Birds and Wildlife
In general, Christmas trees fall into two types – real and artificial. The list of pros and cons regarding each of these options is extensive. While real trees can be messy and difficult to bring indoors, others may argue that artificial trees lack authenticity. Additionally, the cost of each can be expensive for those on a budget. It is for these reasons that I started exploring the idea of decorating outdoor Christmas trees instead.
Decorating Christmas trees outdoors is seen as an easy and more sustainable way to enjoy the holiday season. Decorating an already established tree is also an excellent way spend time outdoors during winter, as well as celebrate the season. With a few simple tips and tricks, anyone one can create a stunning focal tree within their yard. I choose to make mine a haven for wildlife.
Outdoor Christmas Tree for Birds
Outdoor Christmas trees are an important resource for overwintering birds and wildlife. Just because it’s snowing outside does not mean bird feeders have closed. To begin decorating your own outdoor Christmas tree for birds, get creative!
First, you’ll need to select a tree. While evergreens are ideal, you should not feel limited in your choice. Decorating bare trees of even small bushes can work perfectly well. I opt for evergreens simply because they also provide much needed shelter. You could even choose one with berries for birds and small wildlife to nibble on.
Decorating trees with natural materials and food that is beneficial to birds during this time is key. Bird seed ornaments and suet cakes are among the most popular items to add to trees. You can also make pinecone birdfeeders slathered in peanut butter and topped with birdseed. Hang some ginger cookies or fruit too. Garlands made of popcorn, peanuts, and cranberries prove to be especially alluring to animals during this time of year. Always make certain to avoid materials that could be harmful to backyard wildlife.
While creating an outdoor tree for birds will require some planning and preparation, it’s an excellent way to spend quality time with family with the added benefit of knowing you’re helping wildlife in some small way.