I have a friend who spends every New Year’s day plants a new tree with her family. I think it’s such a cool tradition and speaks so beautifully to the concepts of growth, rebirth, and fresh starts. Plus, it’s way nicer than wasting the day in bed with a killer hangover yelling at the kids to bring you some damn Alka Seltzer.

The tree in a box set at ecoboutique Grassroots is, well, a tree in a box. Choose one of six varietals, dump out the growing mix, and get planting. And if you live in the Northeast like me, you can even plant it indoors. Unless you don’t mind spending until 2009 to break through the ground in your yard. –Liz

Happy New Year, cool parents!  


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