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View Poll Results: What type of Christmas tree do you prefer?
Real 2 9.52%
Fake 17 80.95%
Don't put up a tree 2 9.52%
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Old 12-08-2006, 09:34 AM   #1
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Question Christmas Trees Do you prefer fake or real?

My family use to be die-hard for putting up a REAL tree. Each year, we went out on our property to cut the perfect tree. Years later, in order to save time, we began buying the trees at Christmas tree lots.

After I left for college, my parents bought a fake tree and have used it ever since. I too, own a fake tree and prefer it over a real one. It's so much easier to just pull it down from the attic, set it up and be done with it. I dislike the mess and disposal process of using a real tree. Plus I hate to cut down a mature tree just for my benefit.

The only thing I miss about a real Christmas tree is the smell of fresh pine in the living room.

What do you prefer?
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Old 12-08-2006, 09:45 AM   #2
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I prefer real trees....love the smell of a fresh tree in the house, but hate the clean-up of a real tree. Besides...in our area, when you get a real tree these days, most of the time they are already drying out...they've been cut and brought down here from up North...not real "fresh".

For the last 15 years, I've had the same artificial tree..huge and gorgeous, but this is my last year for that one. I'm getting a pre-lit after Christmas..I'm tired of fighting that big old thing to get the lights on it.
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Old 12-08-2006, 09:46 AM   #3
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the smell of cedar just kills me sinus wise, don't have any choice but to go with the fake ones.
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Old 12-08-2006, 09:55 AM   #4
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Can't be around the real ones - - I'm like you Okie -- can't breathe. Plus I don't care for the clean up afterwards either, so the fake ones are the way I have to go.

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Old 12-08-2006, 10:39 AM   #5
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We've always liked the 'real' trees, but the last one we bought,
the Son & I had severe allergy problems. This was 1986!
I couldn't wait to get it down & out of the house! The next year
a fake tree was purchased,& before they came prelit!

Our first prelit tree was our first Christmas in this house, 1997!
What an easy tree to decorate! We donated it to the Church
3 years ago & it has a very loving home!
We have a 9' slim/multi lights for the Family Room & a 7' slim/clear lights
for our bedroom. This year they are staying stored in the boxes.
I'm doing good to get the kitchen & family room decorated at all!

WalMart has a white prelit tree for under $30.00 that I wanted for
the Kitchen & all the Kitchen/Candy & Baking ornaments. So glad
I bought it before surgery for it was so simple to get up and by myself!
It is a bit decorated & waiting for me to finish with the other ornaments
from Old World, fruits, veggies, turkey, etc. We love this tree.

I have a 3' prelit wall tree that is over the mantle, it will do for our
tree in the Family Room this year. We also have other Christmas items
that have lights in them. We have a 6' Alpine tree with Patriotic ornaments
which will be put in the Entry Hall this year. I don't undecorate it & put it's
twin with Texas Ornaments wrapped in saran wrap & stored.

For a scent of Christmas fragrance, there's plenty in potpourri & sprays
to do me & keep the sinuses from nearly burning my head off!

YES, I do decorate the whole house for Christmas, but this year is slim!
remember also that I worked in a Christmas store from 1992 until 2003
& also decorated businesses & houses for other people.
I've always loved Christmas so much, but decorating for so many took
away some of the fun. I'm happy to be retired & back to just our home
& answering questions when friends or family ask me about decorating for Christmas.

As for the REAL smell of Christmas, Sam's Club has wreaths. I purchased
one a few years ago & placed it on a hook on the inside of our front door.
That alone lends all the 'fragrance of Christmas' we need!
We plan to go to Sam's & purchase one this year also!

By the way, have any of you seen the HUGE Poinsettias at WalMart this year?
When we were there on Wednesday they were huge and only about $15.00.
A great buy for such a large pretty plant!
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Old 12-08-2006, 11:02 AM   #6
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I don't put up a tree, as my vote indicates.

But, I use a tree made by my daughter many many years ago....it is a family tradition. It is large and this year hangs on a very tall antique hat tree..........with a red teddy bear at the top. (sometimes I put a big red bow at the top..)

We hang ornaments on it with big safety pins, giving it a very ''rustic'' flair.

I use balsam wreaths outside and in, and love the long balsam runners strategically placed...(here and there). (strategically this year, Ive only placed the wreaths outside.........and I might just call it ''done''.

I have Christmas on every table, corner, and in every room, because I have so many knicknacks.....(gag)...somedays its almost too much...

I have two full boxes of things............that I'm not even taking out of the bedroom............

And 700 Teddy Bears who have been brushed and dressed for Jesus' Birthday Party, are sitting and waiting for CAKE.

A tree?
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Old 12-08-2006, 11:24 AM   #7
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Love the invention of the pre-lit tree! We have two artifical trees, one pre-lit, one not. We always say we are going to put the other one down stairs, but every year we get the pre-lit one up and then we're finished. This year has been busy with the new baby, so I didn't even decorate like usual. The tree is up, the skirt around the tree, the stocking are hanging from the sides of the staircase, and we have some lights and decorations in the front yard. The kids are happy with everything, so I'm just leaving it as is. Next year I'll do my usual holiday house decorating.

I don't care for the pine scent. I'll burn Orange Clove, Pumpkin Spice, and Apple Cinnamon candles, or use a Glade oil fragrance.
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Old 12-08-2006, 12:01 PM   #8
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I really PREFER a REAL tree...but with my allergies and asthma, I stick with a fake one. Love the pre-lit trees -- putting on the lights has always been my least favorite part of decorating the tree!
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Old 12-08-2006, 12:12 PM   #9
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I love the smell of real ones but hate the mess! About 12 years ago we bought our first artificial tree, a huge one from Sears, it is beautiful. This year I dug it out from the attic and gave it to my daughter and her new hubby to use, I haven't used it in about 4 years. I bought one of the tall thin ones about 4 years ago and have been using that, I just didn't have the room with the day care in our home to keep using the huge one. My son calls it my Charlie Brown tree, I do miss not being able to use my big one, but the tall thin one is just so much easier and doesn't take up a lot of room.
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Old 12-08-2006, 12:55 PM   #10
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We used to have real trees when I was a kid too, and although they are nice.... ease and convenience gets my vote. I have a pre-lit tree. Definately the way to go! Last year qvc had a remote control, pre-lit, pre-decorated tree. You hit the remote and the tree slowly stands up(decorations in place) and then when Christmas is over, hit the remote again. The tree goes back down. Did anybody else see it? I don't know if they have it this year or not. I kind of thought that was taking laziness a little too far...lol!
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Artificial here. Don't want the mess.
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Old 12-08-2006, 02:06 PM   #12
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Well, it's like this....the last real tree I got, I was noticing that I had little bugs all over the house.....little knat like flying things...landing on coffee tables, end tables, dining room table, kitchen counter tops...and dying ....I was scooping up dead little bodies and realize that they were coming from the Christmas tree......the tree was promptly removed from the house and we cleaned that week of Christmas .....I have a fake tree and burn pine or evergreen candles.....and I am much happier
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Old 12-08-2006, 02:08 PM   #13
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if anybody wants a real one they can come to my place and chop one down.... no, wait.... you gotta chop at least 5 down.

blasted red cedars are taking over the country side out here.
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Old 12-08-2006, 02:11 PM   #14
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We used to have real trees - up until early 1970's when a cat came to join us.. he pulled it down while we were gone. Since then we have just decorated up high as we have continued to have a cat in our family. Our church voted to have a real tree starting last year - 15 ft. tall, from a member's yard. Another one this year but only 10 ft.
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Old 12-08-2006, 02:32 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by ThunderHockeyFan View Post
Artificial here. Don't want the mess.
Me either!!!
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