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Entertainment Christmas 2022: What is the right time to buy your tree (and all these other questions you ask yourself about this tradition)?

11:20  06 december  2022
11:20  06 december  2022 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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It is the essential for the end of year celebrations: the Christmas tree. In 2021, 6.6 million of them sold, according to an study commissioned by Franceagimer and Valhor, carried out by Kantar. This year, they will cost 10 to 15% more expensive , due to high increased transport costs. Provenance, better time to get it, ecological impact ... Franceinfo takes stock.

Where do the fir trees grow?

More than 80% of the fir trees sold in France come from France. Three regions dominate the sector: the Morvan- which grows 1.5 of the 6 million from those produced in France -, Brittany and the Rhône-Alpes region. The remaining 20% ​​comes mainly from Denmark - the first exporter in Europe -, from Belgium and Germany. Originally, the Nordmann - the favorite fir tree of the French - comes from the temperate regions of the Caucasus, from Armenia to the banks of the Black Sea. It was not until the 19th century that it was introduced in Europe. Tradition obliges, since 2007, the Christmas tree that sits in the Honor Court of the Palais de l'Elysée comes from the forests of the Morvan. That of 2022-two tonnes for 11 meters high-was cut on November 18 in Montsauche-les-Settons, in Nièvre.

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When to buy them?

Neither too early nor too late: the purchase of a tree is a whole art. The garden centers are unanimous: not before the first week of December, just to be able to properly enjoy its needles during Christmas Eve. Among the different species, the Nordmann is the most resistant. No problem, therefore, to buy it earlier. It is however more expensive and, if you are sensitive to wooded, not very fragrant scent. The other flagship fir, Epicéa - and its good smell of resin - is cheaper but does not resist the interiors too heated. To ensure its splendor at the end of December, the best is to buy it just a few days before Christmas. But, whatever the species, French producers recommend that they do not buy a tree before November 25. Natural or artificial, what is the most ecological?

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One is biodegradable but accused of participating in deforestation, the other is reusable each year but produced on the other side of the planet. 88% of the fir trees purchased in France in 2021 are natural and

it's so much the better

! By favoring trees from short circuits rather than those composed of oils from oil and whose production mode is polluting - dyeing, waste ... -, the French adopt a more beneficial markdown for the environment. According to an study by the Canadian Cabinet Ellipsos , an artificial Christmas tree issues the equivalent of 8.1 kilograms of CO2, against 3.1 for its natural version. To compensate for its carbon cost, you should reuse your plastic tree over 20 years. Why a Christmas tree?

Everything starts from Alsace. In 1521, a manuscript of the city of Sélestat, south of Strasbourg, reported a strange tradition around December 24: the wild cut of the forest trees by the inhabitants. A century later, we also hear about decorations to dress the tree. A practice surely inspired by the Notre-Dame work in Strasbourg whose book of accounts, in 1492, mentions the purchase of nine fir trees for its nine parishes in order to "celebrate the new year".

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What alternatives?

Even if the original tree reigns supreme over the holidays, it is possible to show originality. It is possible, with a little creativity to make it yourself-with wooden pallets, branches against a wall, a bouquet ...-, or more simply to suggest them with garlands in the shape of fir, A giant drawing, green hangers ... or buy "special". Some designers thus offer metal, and even in feathers! Finally, to avoid waste, it is now possible to

rent an

tree. When to throw your tree?

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ES Purists favor the Epiphany Festival, January 6. In fact, we have until the end of January, even the candlestick - on February 2 -, for to say goodbye to n orter Christmas tree. But beware: it is forbidden to get rid of it in the street. This gesture is considered to be a "wild deposit of garbage" and can be sanctioned with a fine of up to 150 euros. It must be placed in recycling center or in the places provided by your City . In Paris, for example, the town hall offers 174 collection points .

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