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A Christmas Tree for the Birds

Updated on October 27, 2008
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My family has been feeding the birds since I was a young girl and at Christmas, we have a special tradition for them. On Christmas Eve we spend a few hours together making all kinds of treats and in the evening we decorate a tree in our backyard. The next morning, as we are enjoying our traditional Christmas brunch, we can look out the window and watch the birds and squirrels enjoying theirs.


Treats to Try

String unsalted popcorn with cranberries and raisins. Stale popcorn is easist to string.

String unsalted peanuts in their shells.

Tie a string around a pine cone and smear the cone with peanut butter. Drop it in a paper bag full of bird seed and shake the bag around to cover the cone with seed.

Tie a string around an apple stem and cut slices out of the apple. Fill the spaces with peanut butter and toss the apple in a paper bag full of bird seed.

Tie string around a stale cake donut (no frosting or glaze!) and hang it either plain or with peanut butter and seeds or other goodies.

Make homemade suet by collecting bacon fat and saving it. When you have enough, melt it and mix it with cornmeal, birdseed, peanut butter, nuts, or raisins, then let it reharden.

If you have deer and squirrels, consider scattering hay and squirrel corn on the ground under the tree.

You can also purchase (or make, if you're more talented than I am) bird seed wreaths:

The After-Christmas Tree

A bird tree is also a fun way to reuse your Christmas tree before you recycle it. Take down your decorations and move the tree outside, then decorate it with treats.

HubMob Project

This was written for the HubMob challenge: Christmas products, food, tactics and traditions.

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      This is the first year that I will have an artificial Christmas tree. I never thought about not having my tree after Christmas to decorate for the birds like I did for the last 10 yrs. Oh how I'm going to miss that.

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Wow, nice idea!

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      pcjunkychick 9 years ago from OKC

      This is a great idea! :)

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      kerryg 9 years ago from USA

      Netters, Rochelle, and Patty, thanks for your comments! I'm glad you liked the idea. My siblings and I always had lots of fun with it as kids and I am really looking forward to doing it with my own daughter when she's a little older.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      This is s lovely story and a beautiful tradition. I am thankful to know of it.


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      Rochelle Frank 9 years ago from California Gold Country

      I love this-- I can remember a story I used to read my kids about "the singing Christmas tree" where the kids put treats on the outdoor tree-- and all the singing birds came.

      We have several Cristmas trees along our driveway tht we bought live, decorated in the house, and later planted outside. My Grandchildren are coming for Christmas-- so this might just be the perfect pre Christmas activity-- to decorate the trees for the birds.

      Thanks for the recipes! Great hub.

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      Netters 9 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

      What a great idea! I'm going to do this. Thank you.