Christmas for visually impaired children and eco-friendly Christmas trees

Guide Dogs, a charity for the blind and visually impaired, has launched the UK’s first integrative  Christmas grotto for blind and visually impaired children. It is a workshop where Santa Claus lives with his elves and where gifts for children are made. Christmas grotto was designed in cooperation with families and children with vision loss. Children can touch and smell the gifts and see how they are made. There are also Christmas foods and drinks.

In Rome, a 27-meter-tall pine tree has been placed in Piazza Venezia, with its lights powered by two solar panels. Meanwhile, in Piazza del Campidoglio, the city’s second low-impact, eco-friendly Christmas tree was unveiled. The six-meter-tall tree is illuminated thanks to the work of six cyclists whose bicycles are connected to a power generator. In the city of Borno in Lombardy, cyclists also power the lights on the city’s Christmas tree – on stationary bicycles. The faster they pedal, the brighter the lights become. According to city officials, the action will help promote electricity savings.

In the United States, 98% of Christmas trees The largest Christmas tree crops are located in Clackamas County, Oregon, and the Blue Range (Blue Mountains) in North Carolina. The most popular Christmas trees are Abies Procera fir on the West Coast and Abies fraseri fir on the East Coast. National forests in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado sell permits that allow people to cut their own wild-grown Christmas trees.

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