The issue with having real trees in the house during the Christmas season means having to get rid of them in January. Many local cities have tree drop off places where they are recycled into mulch. Here on the campus we now do our own tree chipping and mulching but there was a time when the Christmas trees were picked up by our grounds staff and trucked over to the city of St. Louis' drop off spot in Forest Park. Here's a picture from 2012 when Ferdie and I got in the truck and went along to help with the drop off. This was a crazy day. Aaron was in the back, Gayle was driving with Ferdie and I squeezed into the front.