BC: Each January hundreds of retired Christmas trees are recycled in many ways. When the holidays come to an end the happy ever after Christmas tree finds a second purpose. His new life at the beach puts him to good use helping to fight beach erosion.
FC: The Happy Ever After Christmas Tree | by Sandra Smith Carr illustrations by Kristin Fabricius Johnson | (A tale of recycling)
1: by Sandra Smith Carr illustrated by Kristin Fabricius Johnson | The Happy Ever After Christmas Tree
2: I know this year will be a new adventure for me, For I hope to enjoy Christmas with a real family. If I wave my branches or turn around once or twice, Hopefully someone will say, "Hey, that tree looks nice!"
5: I'll sparkle, I'll twinkle as they string on every light! Before you know it I will be decorated just right. Maybe a curious cat in my branches will be found, When he's not playing with curly ribbons all around.
6: Sometime after Christmas the decorations will disappear. They'll be boxed and then packed carefully until Christmastime next year. Before you can say "candy cane," the holidays will be gone, But the happy ever after Christmas tree will go on and on.
8: You're wondering, "How can this not be the end?" My adventures are only starting, my friend. On the beach will be where I will be living. I"ll become a gift that keeps on giving.
10: Once I am down by the sand, they'll find me a dune. This sandy hill will be my new home very soon. Up against a hill of sand is where I will stay, Helping to keep more sand from just blowing away.
13: Some trees are placed in water for fish to hide in or swim about, While many become mulch to help plants grow and really fill out. Others will serve as bird feeders where hungry birds will call. I think I'll enjoy doing my part saving the beach most of all.
14: Yes, I'm a happy ever after Christmas tree and I'm proud of what I do, Keeping the beach full of sand and dunes for people just like you. My new job will make good use of me while helping the beach scene. It's called recycling,so perhaps that's why my needles are green!