Today, we put the Christmas tree out for the city to pick up. Thankfully, my community is one of the few in Rhode Island to have its own compost and mulching facility. They come around and pick-up everyone's trees and then chip them into mulch. Residents can then pick-up loads of mulch for free to use in the garden. What a great way to recycle and keep stuff out of the landfill.
I also found a nice way to reuse part of the tree myself. Every time we visit LL Bean in Maine, I walk by a display of little pillows with "Balsam Fir" potpourri in them. Of course, I just have to pick them up and give them a sniff. They remind me of Maine and of the holidays because, Douglas and Balsim Fir trees are the primary trees used for Christmas trees in our area and many of them are grown in Maine and Canada. Unfortunately, I usually put it down and walk away because they get $5.95 for them and I think that's just silly for something that's essentially yard waste in a cotton or plastic bag.
Anyway, I took small snips of branches and needles from the Christmas tree today and filled a gallon-sized zip-top bag. Hopefully, I'll be able to enjoy the wonderful smell of Christmas Tree in my home all year long. I can even pop a branch or a couple of tablespoons of needles into my electric potpourri warmer with some water and the house will smell amazing.