Gettin' Festive

Hi Everyone!

Well, it’s almost Thanksgiving guys. And well, I have a lot of thanks to give – especially this year. It’s been a year full of change, growth, self-discovery, improvement, and everything in between.

I think the holidays have this effect on me and I somehow feel a bit jollier than usual over the course of November and December. I mean, how can you not?

And while Thanksgiving comes and goes like a blink of the eye, Christmas (and Hanukkah!) rears its head. And of course for me, that means a CHRISTMAS TREE.

Like I mentioned, I love the holiday spirit and everything that has to do with the holidays (both Christmas and Hanukkah). Lighting the menorah, drinking Pumpkin Spice, giving gifts for Christmas, and more than anything, the tradition of getting and decorating a tree. You can’t tell me it’s not magical, right?

So, I talked about this with my boyfriend Ittai. We decided that it’d be the best that if we got a tree, we’d call it a holiday tree/bush.

Done deal. But, what about actually getting a tree? Well, they’re expensive first off and kind of messy. And even worse, we live in a small-ish apartment in San Francisco that doesn’t have a lot of room. So, uh…what’s an urban girl to do? Luckily, I found about SF Environment’s Adopt a Living Tree for Christmas program and it changed my thinking about trees for good.

Wondering what the program is about? You can actually choose a living, potted tree, hand-picked to thrive on San Francisco's streets. Return the tree after the holidays, and Friends of the Urban Forest will plant it in a neighborhood that needs more trees (and you can participate in the planting if you like!). No more feeling guilty about the lines of trees from Christmas past on your street.

How amazing (and easy!) is that? Making a difference in your community and for a fraction of the price? HOLLA-DAYS. :) 

Have your ears perked yet? Try this amazing program THIS weekend! The tree lot is only open on November 19th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., so follow this link to order your tree prior to this weekend. You can pick it up at Friends of the Urban Forest Office, at Edie Road and Kendall Drive in the Presidio.

If this weekend is too soon, you can arrange to pick up with the Friends of the Urban Forest staff on M-F 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Nov 21 – 23 then Nov 28 – Dec 23. I can’t encourage this program enough, y’all. Better for the environment and way better for a small apartment like my own!


Photos via Ittai Geiger

This post was in collaboration with SF Environment. As always, all opinions and styling are my own. Thank you for supporting all The Ohio Transplant collaborations!