What do you prefer: real or fake trees?

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What do you prefer: real or fake trees?

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What kind of Christmas tree does everyone like? It can be a a real tree including palm trees and any other real tree or an artificial one.

I prefer real trees. When I was younger I used to go with my dad every year to pick out the perfect tree. We did eventually get an artificial tree for a couple years before going back to getting a real one. The downside about real trees is that we can never put it up until mid December.
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Re: What do you prefer: real or fake trees?

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Definitely fake. No worries about watering it or it dropping needles. I also don't have to locate a new one each year.

The one I'm currently using i purchased from a local charity about 5 years ago. It's themed around The Polar Express. The multicolored lights are glued on and look perfect. All I have to do is plug it in and hang up ornaments which were perfectly chosen, and enjoy. It works for me, since I only share my home with two dogs
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Re: What do you prefer: real or fake trees?

Post by Prof. Sindor Aloyarc »

:rolleyes: My preference aligns with Feb.

As lovely as a real tree is, the right fake one is more my speed. Either I’d like it to appear as real as possible (there will be balsam fir candles burning in any case to keep the illusion and atmosphere festive!) otherwise I like there to be some specific novelty/theme. Such as ours is medium sized with a very bare bones vibe made of white wire with white lights built in. We typically have done mostly purple, blue, and silver balls and other similarly colored dripping looking and cone-like shapes, with some small, many silver-balled garland like pieces draped over each of the wire “branches” to make them look a little more whimsical and treelike than just the industrial aesthetic.

While I have many fond memories and look back with nostalgia on my younger years (me and one of my brothers used to look forward to picking out the perfect tree with Dad come the holiday season), love the ease of reusing a fake one year after year, and lack of regular watering/cleaning or certain other kinds of worrying that come along with a real tree.

Taking it one step further, I also am more than happy having my partner put up all the decorations himself. He’s a bit particular, so it works for both of us. And, hey, I’m pretty good at putting hooks into ornaments, so ;)
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Re: What do you prefer: real or fake trees?

Post by Kendra Givens »

I prefer fake trees. I grew up with a fake tree always. They don't require any clean up or watering, they can hold pretty much any ornaments you need them to, and they last for a long time. Oh, and you can get exactly the height you want. I think they're just reliable and easily manageable. You also don't get stabbed by sharp needles as you're trying to work with the tree and you don't get covered in sticky sap.

Now, since I've lived with my boyfriend for 3 years, we've had a real tree. He's always had a real tree. It's a big deal in his family (and a whole family event at that) to go out and pick the perfect real tree from the field and have it chopped down just for you. While I do enjoy the family tradition aspect of the real tree, I still stand by what I said about the needles, watering, and sap. It's a mess. I'm the one who waters it, and I don't think I've watered it in a week with all of the gifts under it now. This particular type of tree has soft needles and it's very pretty, but it's also very frail and can't hold anything heavy. A lot of my favorite ornaments couldn't go up this year because of that. The star on top is also crooked, because the tree doesn't have a straight branch at the top. It smells really nice, but we've had to get the dog away from it a few times because he likes to eat foliage.

I will keep trying to convince my boyfriend to transition to buying a fake tree, but I doubt it'll happen. At least not for a long time.
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Re: What do you prefer: real or fake trees?

Post by Gail Allen »

I am absolutely a real-tree kind of Ga(i)l.
We've always had a real tree - and NEVER watered it. Our foot for the tree doesn't even have a place to hold water and it usually stands for about a month - it all depends on the kind of tree you get whether they need this or not.
I find the fake ones also *look* really fake, so for me it's a real one or I might almost as well not get one - though this year I am celebrating Christmas somewhere else than usual and there the tree is a fake one and well... it's alright too, but for me, I will sooner have a real one.
It's better for the environment too in many cases even though this seems counterintuitive. This is because these trees are planted purposefully and - which is important to this argument - replanted when they are cut down. And young trees collect more Co2 than older trees that are no longer growing as fast as they were when they were young so the constant replanting of young trees will optimize the Co2 capturing abilities of the field they're on. Fake trees are made of plastic and while they are kept much longer than a real tree it is still surprising just *how* long you have to use a fake tree before it will overtake the real ones in terms of sustainability. So that's another reason I like to get a real tree. It supports the planting of new and more efficient trees.
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