Don’t just toss that tannenbaum, try these alternate ways repurpose your Christmas tree.

• ‘Plant’ your tree outside. Go out and stick it in the snow. Birds love evergreens for protection in the winter months. This is also a great way to visualize any future tree placements!
• Use the boughs as cover. Do you have a spot near your house that is always bare in the winter? Use the boughs as insulation for perennials flower beds where snow cover is unreliable.
• Make coasters and trivets. Saw the trunk into ½ inch rounds, sand until smooth and coat with polyurethane. These make a great gift.
• Feed the fire. Make it a party and burn it in an outdoor fire pit. It’s best to wait a few months for the wood to dry out. Solstice party anyone?
• Recycle it. Many communities take trees and chip them into mulch to be given away or to be used in public areas. Locally, undecorated and tinsel-free trees can be dropped off for free at the rodeo grounds in Jackson any time before the end of January or recycled at the transfer station in Driggs during operating hours.