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Holiday season is upon us, and while most of our readers are likely in the process of checking out all the cool new stuff that was deposited under the big tree in their living room, a few interesting questions arise once it's all done and over with. For instance, what are you going to do with that tree next week? And what about all those bags of wrapping paper?

Christmas tree sticker shock in Germany is due in part to biofuels demand, according to HDH, the German timber industry group. Christmas tree land that was lost in order to grow crops for biofuels is a reason given by HDH along with more single person house holds and, of course, demand from China.