Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Real Tree or Fake Tree? - Need your help!

I've not had a Christmas Tree in 11 years. This year I'm putting up a tree..but what kind?

Since everyone who reads this blog are among the smartest people in the world...I need your advice.

Please respond with pros and cons and things that I need to consider.

A picture of what I end up with will follow in a future post.



Chris said...

I'm a "real" tree kind of guy myself. We have a place not too far from home were you cut down your own. Just $25 you get any tree you want along with plenty of hot chocolate and hot cider.

Jim said...

Be real.

J. said...

An 11 year hiatus? You should go real this year. Not because of your hiatus, but because that's what I did.

Esther said...

Real trees are very nice and have that lovely scent of pine. On the other hand, you have to water them every day. You also have to throw them away after Christmas which, depending on where you live, can be a hassle. They're incredibly prickly and tend to leave pine needles everywhere. Sometimes they are mess to get into their stands. I would not say that they are more trouble then they are worth. I would just say that you should probably evaluate how much time you have to deal with the tree. I like to be authentic so I was horrified when my family finally got a fake tree, but there definitely are some advantages. If you get a nice one you can keep using it year after year. Then again, there's nothing like going out to a tree farm and finding the perfect tree to cut down. And then cleaning your car, your carpet and anything else the tree brushes up against on your way home.

Despite all this, I really do like real trees best. There's something wrong with a tree that does not smell like a tree.

Anonymous said...

I like boobs real and my Christmas trees fake.

PlatinumGirl said...

I may be too late to weigh in on this, but here goes:

We have a fake one, and this is the 3rd year we have used it (another blogging idea; I've been meaning to post a picture of it). It's worked out really well. It was pricey, but it was worth paying more to get a nicer tree. We got it from California Backyard (which I sort of assume they don't have where you are but maybe something similar). You can choose from all kinds of trees, whatever your favorite is. You can buy them pre-wired with lights, too, if you want (we didn't). They don't dry out, they don't turn brown, you don't have to fuss with screwing them into a tree stand, they don't tip over, the don't drop needles, and they aren't a fire hazard. They are much more real looking now than ever, and generally the only reason people know ours isn't real is because it's so perfect. The fake one will hold even heavy ornaments, and you can bend the branches, fluff it up, have everything sit the way you want it.

Don't get me wrong -- I do like real trees, and we've kept our tree stand in case we'd like to get a real tree now and then, but I kind of like the fact that I'm not cutting down some tree and then trashing it a month later. It's worked out really well so far. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Fake trees rule. Nothing like field turf for the home I say.
And, just like the tacky 70's christmas lights (of which only 40% actually light up) on my trailer- trash neighbor's house... with a fake tree, you can leave it up all year 'round!

Anna said...

I will say the same thing that I wrote on the protest sign I hung on the fake tree my roommate's boyfriend talked him into getting without consulting anyone else living in the house.