Real or Fake?

Do you prefer:

Real trees

or fake trees?

I’ll admit upfront, I prefer a fake tree. I don’t mind watering, sweeping up the eventual needle fall, or any other inconvenience about real trees. I just hate seeing the tree carcases after the holidays.

So, which is it? Real or fake?

Take care–Susan Kaye

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12 thoughts on “Real or Fake?

  1. CeliaHayes

    Fake, too – lamentably. I love the look and smell of real, but I hate the mess and the expense – and the fire hazard.
    But my cats would have a fun time with the balloon tree. One little swipe with the claws out, and they’d NEVER come near a Christmas tree again.

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  2. Gayle Mills

    I love, love, love real trees. I used to buy the ones that came with the roots wrapped in burlap so you could plant them after Christmas. I planted at least six of those suckers that died the year following their planting. Then I switched to freshly cut trees. I loved them, too. After having real trees for at least 12 years, I finally realized that there was a connection between the real trees and the fact that my son Ben and I were sick every Christmas. So no more live trees, no live pine swags, no real wreaths on the door — no more coughing and sneezing for the three weeks the greenery was up. I still love the real trees. I just hold my breath when I’m in the same room with one.

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  3. Stephanie Carrico

    My husband is Mr Christmas…we do both….I love the smell of a real tree…love the convenience of a fake tree…and am sad to see the tree after the holiday…but we but it in the fence line decorated with bird feed for the critters to hide in and eat…

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    1. Susan Kaye Post author

      We live smack in the middle of no and where so the wildlife is always traipsing through. I figure the season doesn’t faze them. Glad to know I’m not the only one who dislikes the after Christmas arboreal carnage.

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  4. Rebecca

    We do real in this house, but I did grow up having a fake tree for many years and respect that route as well. I know that I’m a touch envious of those with pre-lit trees – I always end up getting flustered by our strings of lights!

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    1. Susan Kaye Post author

      We’ve come to the point where we may have to get another tree, or figure out how to unstring the lights and replace them on the one we have now.

      Real or fake, it’s always something.

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    2. Robin Helm

      Don’t get a pre-lit tree unless you want to buy one every year. One section of lights will go out, and you can’t find the bad bulb. My husband took all the lights off of our pre-lit and stated categorically that I was never to buy another one. Since he always puts the lights on anyway, he’ll get no argument from me.

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      1. Susan Kaye Post author

        Ours lasted eight years so I think we got a good run out of it. We just put another string of lights on it–in direct opposition to the package warnings–and are soldiering on. This will likely be the strategy: keep the tree as a frame and stick another string of lights on it. My husband is a mechanic, this dovetails nicely with his “make-do” philosophy.

        Hopefully no one from any product safety organization reads this. 😉

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  5. Eileen

    I do fake. It looks pretty darn good – the newer trees are very realistic. No muss, less fuss. I grew up with fake, then insisted on a real tree when I was on my own and when my kids were little. Then my youngest had allergies and we went artifical and I was surprised how much I liked it!!

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    1. Susan Kaye Post author

      Fake trees are certainly in the lead. Ease of use and allergy avoidance seem to be the top reasons.

      Interesting. I live in Oregon which is the leading producer of real Christmas trees. I think they are starting to cultivate foreign markets because sales are falling off here.

      In the words of Frederick, “time brings many changes.”

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