Stuff your children’s stockings with these new holiday candies

Later, take your tree to Everett Community College to be recycled.

1. Recycle your trees.

We know Christmas isn’t even here yet — but it’s not too early to figure out what to do with your tree when it’s passed.

Recycle your Christmas tree for free from Jan. 2-31 at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St., Everett. The woodchips from more than 200 trees were used as mulch for campus flower beds last year.

Drop your tree off between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday in parking lot F. The area will be clearly marked.

Flocked trees — those sprayed with artificial snow — and trees still decorated with tinsel or other non-biodegradable materials won’t be accepted.

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2. Safekeeping.

Artificial Christmas trees can be easy alternatives to live trees. But they can still cause problems if not stored properly.

Keep these tips in mind from experts at AdvantaClean before putting away your tree and all the decorations that go with it for the next 11 months.

Wrap it up for storage. Wrapping your tree helps to prevent the accumulation of dust and mold spores, which can lead to respiratory issues.

Find a cool and dry space. Avoid storing your tree in areas where it could catch fire. Artificial trees are petroleum-based and emit toxic fumes when burned.

Same goes for ornaments. Pack decorations in plastic bags or bins. Cardboard boxes collect dust and promote mold growth.

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3. Christmas candies.

Are your children bored with Santa’s stocking stuffers? (Hey, we’re not saying oranges and candy canes don’t do the job.)

You’re in luck: Candy companies have released new holiday candies this year.

How about Hot Cocoa Hershey Kisses, which are filled with marshmallow creme? Or Reese’s peanut butter cups that are shaped like trees and filled with Reese’s Pieces? There are even giant Gingerbread Man Peeps flavored like the Christmas cookie.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you could pick up some Mac & Cheese flavored candy canes at Archie McPhee’s.

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Evan Thompson, Herald writer

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