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(TreeHugger)   Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring except for the springtails, bark lice, mites, moths, and spiders that were hibernating in the Christmas tree we chopped down and brought into our warm living room   (treehugger.com) divider line 15
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2012-12-20 01:06:52 PM  
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jtown: [www.jarretthousenorth.com image 160x240]

I've had one of these for years. I told a friend I wanted one but I was too cheap to pay Urban Outfitters $40 for it. So she bought me one for Christmas.

Funny thing is it's paid for itself a few times over since I haven't paid a tree in years. Now I like it even more because not one single hibernating spider has ever crawled out of it.


MERRY CHRISTMAS CHARLIE BROWN!
2012-12-20 12:33:16 PM  
2 votes:

WGJ: Are there really people that feel this way about springtails, bark lice, mites, moths, and spiders?


No but think about it. How you you like it if a vastly more powerful and intelligent species came and ripped your house out of the ground, placed synthetic decorations on it and left you to die of thirst all in the name of 'tradition' when cheap artificial human houses were readily available.
2012-12-20 01:00:26 PM  
1 votes:
www.jarretthousenorth.com

I've had one of these for years. I told a friend I wanted one but I was too cheap to pay Urban Outfitters $40 for it. So she bought me one for Christmas.

Funny thing is it's paid for itself a few times over since I haven't paid a tree in years. Now I like it even more because not one single hibernating spider has ever crawled out of it.
2012-12-20 12:50:49 PM  
1 votes:
We run a live tree, usually Colorado Spruce. Get 4-5 years out of each one before it outgrows the pot and/or someone forgets to water it during the summer. There are always a couple of garden spiders that are discovered during the trimming festivities, and have to be repatriated outdoors.

Part of the fun as far as I'm concerned... our ancestors started this evergreen-worship fetish out of reverence for the renewal of life, right? What could be more lively than an attractive tree with an invisible mite-and-spider ecosystem humming along unseen amongst the branches?

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2012-12-20 12:35:01 PM  
1 votes:

WGJ: FTFA: Sadly, Jordal points out the fate of most of these unsuspecting visitors:
Both the Christmas tree and the house itself will be very dry. Also, most insects don't live off the tree, only in it. As they cannot feed on the limited plants found in most households, the bugs will quickly dry out and die.

Are there really people that feel this way about springtails, bark lice, mites, moths, and spiders?


I do. I always catch and release insects.
WGJ
2012-12-20 12:09:00 PM  
1 votes:
FTFA: Sadly, Jordal points out the fate of most of these unsuspecting visitors:
Both the Christmas tree and the house itself will be very dry. Also, most insects don't live off the tree, only in it. As they cannot feed on the limited plants found in most households, the bugs will quickly dry out and die.

Are there really people that feel this way about springtails, bark lice, mites, moths, and spiders?
2012-12-20 11:58:35 AM  
1 votes:
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2012-12-20 11:57:03 AM  
1 votes:
Now my wife won't think I'm insane for not wanting a tree this year. Before anyone says anything, I didn't want a tree because we have a two month old kitten.

Last year we bought a fake tree and my wife complained that I put my Commander Riker action figure on the top of the tree. So I replaced him with the Captain Picard action figure. She still complained. I explained to her that traditionally, Riker is at the top of the tree, she didn't care. biatch.
2012-12-20 11:49:47 AM  
1 votes:
"Little full... lotta sap. And some bugs."

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pic is warm
2012-12-20 11:49:43 AM  
1 votes:
Luckily for this writer, our family started a tradition several years ago that makes the question moot. We painted a canvas with a tree. Now, every year at Christmas each visitor to our home paints an ornament on the tree.   
 
Urge to kill rising...
2012-12-20 11:48:02 AM  
1 votes:

ZAZ: [farm5.staticflickr.com image 320x320]
"Please don't hurt me, human."


You must be unfamiliar with humans. They will wipe you out , just like they are doing to my kind.
/swims away.
2012-12-20 11:47:23 AM  
1 votes:
Hmmm. If I share this article with my wife, then we won't have to go traipsing out in mid-December to cut down a Christmas tree ever again. Every year it's either raining or snowing the day we go to get a tree. The year we had an ice storm and my wife slid the van into a bollard at a gas station was the best.
2012-12-20 11:46:02 AM  
1 votes:
spray everything with DDT.

fark the hippies
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-12-20 10:13:20 AM  
1 votes:
farm5.staticflickr.com
"Please don't hurt me, human."
2012-12-20 09:33:22 AM  
1 votes:
"In standard two by two cover formation"
 
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