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eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 10:43 AM

REAL TREE OR FAKE TREE?

Almost every one of my friends this year will be putting up a fake tree. I'm a real tree person. Part of the whole Christmas experience for me is waking up and enjoying the smell of a Grand Fir. We had a fake tree growing up and I always hated it and have sworn to never have another. I realize that real trees may be difficult to find in more urban areas and my favorite, the Grand Fir, is native to the west coast. Here's my tree. http://www.christmastree.org/trees/grand.cfm

So which do you prefer?

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 5315)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 10:51 AM

Your tree is beautiful. I put up an artificial tree on the years I get around to putting one up.

If I had my druthers, I'd druther have a real tree. As you say, part of the Christmas experience is the smell of that fresh tree in the house. But a real tree just seems too overwhelming a project right now. Maybe one of these years.

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 10:57 AM

I decorate the real tree in my front yard......too easy!

1mks
1mks  (Level: 210.8 - Posts: 5883)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 11:03 AM

We have a Douglas Fir that is very pretty. However, at this very moment it is still on the patio in a container of water. It is coming in sometime today though. We also got a Norfolk pine for the cats......I know, senility has already set in.....we love our furry friends. We are putting cat decorations on it.
I have ornaments from all the years that we have been married. Some of them, homemade by the children when they were growing up. I only have one "shrinky dink" left. I have no idea what happened to the others.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 11:03 AM

We get a "real" tree (my wife calls them "dead" trees).

We get a Douglas Fir. Last year it was in the big room and a shade over 17'. This year back in the parlor, more like 9' again.

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 11:11 AM

We have a 7' pre-lit phony tree. Tired of hauling home the real thing, stringing lights that were carefully wound, only to find them looking like a birds nest and only half of them working, then pine needles all over the house when we take the tree down (around Memorial day, I think,,,,,or was it the 4th?). Now we can put a tree bag over it and store it in the pole barn. I can get just as $hi* faced hanging balls on a fake tree and now my traditionally minded wife has accepted it as well.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.9 - Posts: 3777)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 12:34 PM

I uploaded a picture of my tree to my profile page.

http://www.sploofus.com/profile.sp?pu=tuzilla

It took a couple days to perfect, but a Grolsch Pine is a superb statement to the spirits of the holiday.

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3300)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 12:34 PM

We always had a real tree. But we just redid our living room, and it is so small that the built-ins that we put in took away the place for the real tree. So...we bought a phony that looks pretty good, and can sit in the bay window behind the couch. I didn't want a real one back there, cause I was afraid of water damage. It's going up today, I hope.

Alice

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.7 - Posts: 2100)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 12:43 PM

I've had both, and while I agree that the real tree drops needles, I do love the real tree.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 12:44 PM

I also buy real mistletoe, not fake. Which I hang from the back of my belt.

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 12:55 PM


Steve, do you need any help taking your tree down? Bet you get a lot of volunteers!

Although I prefer a real tree, this year we have a fake pre-lit one. Both of my cats are now indoor kitties for the first time, and we were afraid of what the presence of a real live fir would do to challenge our bad little Alex -- could just picture him shimmying up the trunk and bouncing off the branches. Even with the fake one, I awoke to shattered glass balls all around the tree skirt this morning. Fortunately, all of my favorite ornaments are hung up high.

When I go to the grocery store today, I'll stop outside at the real tree market and grab a few branches from the ground. My tree will still be fake, but the live twigs in a vase of water should lend that aroma we're missing so much. Might even stick a couple of small ornaments on them.

Happy holidays!

Susan

phitzy1
Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 1:11 PM

Had "real" trees with the ex...The last one (our final Christmas together) we had was a 10 foot thing, 'bout 5 feet across the bottom.

We decorated it with 11 or 12 strings of lights (yeah, 1100 or 1200 lights) and made it beautiful and all that...

When the time came to take it down, those freakin' lights were glued, by the sap, to the tree and it was SO DRY (radiator heat) that any movement caused the light sound of showers falling gently on the wood floors.

He didn't want to take it down...so I did.

I opened up the bay window, tipped that tree over and shoved it (cut end first) straight through, ornaments, lights and all! I was still vacuuming tree remnants in July.

Needless to say...never again.

My tree is a '50s tinsel affair with nothing to drop or otherwise break.

My holiday is MUCH happier.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 1:20 PM

"Little full, lotsa sap."
- Clark Griswold

erin0620
Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 1:57 PM

Ours is fake and pre-lit. But for that Christmas-y smell, I make ornaments out of equal parts applesauce and cinnamon. mix it together til it forms a dough, throw in some sparkles if you like, roll it out, cut out with cookie cutters, poke a hole for the ornament string or whatever, and let it dry about a day. 2 ingredients, so easy, and the cinnamon smell lasts for about 5 years.
But I am led to ask which is more environmentally sound, cutting a real tree, or manufacturing a fake one? I can see pluses and negatives in both, your thoughts?

phitzy1
Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 2:17 PM


heidi
Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 2:33 PM

If one lives in Florida the price of rreal trees is outrageous!! I am originaly from Mi. and remember as a child going with my father and grandfather to cut our own-now it is Walmart's fake for me with the cedar spray can at hand-Linda

erin0620
Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 2:42 PM

Quick search led me to this, too.

http://green.yahoo.com/blog/greenpicks/46/oh-christmas-tree-oh-green-christmas-tree.html

My mom gave us the pre-lit false one we used growing up, so it is sentimental to me, but I will never buy another.

allena
Allena  (Level: 255.4 - Posts: 1390)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 3:00 PM

A real tree inside usually means a dead fire hazard. However, a realistic compromise has been for us to light a holly tree that twice per year I trim to look pyramidal. The stuff inside includes cut greens from pines and holly that needed trimming earlier but held out until the right time.

Now, in the condo … we used to have a plastic tree in a bag fully decorated that we took out and put away back in the bag each year .. until we decided to spend Christmas day at the kids. Much easier. Kids need a tree, Grand parents need time to shop and wrap.


chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.5 - Posts: 1332)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 4:17 PM

when my kids were little we went to the woods on my grandpa's land and cut a cedar. it was fun to watch them find just the right one.

i haven't had a tree since i moved to FL. but if i did it would be a live blue spruce, a root balled one, that could be planted after the holidays

kimoira
Kimoira  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 1190)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 4:24 PM

Real real real!

I always had a fake one growing up as well. The first tree I remember is a silver aluminum job with the four-color light "machine" that rotated and shone different colors onto the tree ( it was the early sixties and no my parents weren't into psychedelics although it would explain a few things). Never another fake one!

This year I got a Scotch pine, very pretty with a blue hue to it although not as sturdy as some of the firs we've had so the heavier ornaments stayed in the box this time around.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 4:30 PM

We have a bunch of blue spruce on our property, and while they are beautiful, the needles stab the crap out of you. Nothing like decorating a tree where you have to recoil after each ornament. They must grow fairly easily though because we have one approaching 70 feet or so. The rest are between 30 and 40 feet, and one little guy who is probably around 15 feet. When we moved here, it was about 2 feet high and I thought it was dead. The last 3 years, it has just taken off.

I like trees that are low maintenance and live. I buy expensive ornamentals and kill them. When I bring something home from the nursery, Scott asks me if that particular tree or plant happened to piss me off or something.

kimoira
Kimoira  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 1190)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 5:10 PM

the Scotch pine are ouch ouch putting lights and ornaments on, but so far there hasn't been much needle loss after 2 weeks. Keeping it well watered helps, but the real test is in July when you still see the needles in the vacuum

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 219.7 - Posts: 1935)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 5:25 PM

Grand Firs make the best trees, I'm cultivating some on my property for future use. Have a couple of Nordman Firs (a Russian Tree) I'm growing for future use. Small live trees will keep in a pot (increase pot size as they grow)for several years, which I've been doing for my aunt who lives in a condo. We put them on the balcony, so we don't have to acclimatize after the season. A good option for those who like real but don't want to cut a tree down. I suppose they could be donated to somewhere if you don't have the space, a perfect green solution. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays everyone

kimoira
Kimoira  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 1190)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 6:05 PM

Lodi have you let the White House know about that 70 footer? I'll bet they'd have ways of dealing with that

kimoira
Kimoira  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 1190)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 6:19 PM

Randy you've given us another reason to descend upon B.C.- those trees are beautiful and I especially love the tops because I have one of those old-fashioned glass straight-up jobbers that needs this type of tree-top!

I found a photo here:

http://www.xmastree2u.com/pics/large_nordman_fir_christmas_tree.jpg

kimoira
Kimoira  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 1190)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 6:23 PM

Randy you've given us another reason to descend upon B.C.- those trees are beautiful and I especially love the tops because I have one of those old-fashioned glass straight-up jobbers that needs this type of tree-top!

I found a photo here:

http://www.xmastree2u.com/pics/large_nordman_fir_christmas_tree.jpg

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 6:45 PM

The White House can't have my tree.

Well we do all have a price, I guess.

leeze83
Leeze83  (Level: 35.2 - Posts: 70)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 7:44 PM

it's too hot for a real tree. they die in after about three days.
so it's a fake one for us, with Pine "flavoured" air freshener... mmm classy!

phitzy1
Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 8:52 PM

Classy, indeed Leez...

Hey Kimora, Do you know where that colour wheel is? I could really use it!



jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 11:35 PM

Hey, you know when they say not to cut up and burn your Christmas tree in the fireplace? They're right....too hot to even stay in the house. Lucky it was nothing worse.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 11:38 PM

Oh no! That thing must have went up in a matter of seconds.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 11:42 PM

Not before it had time to melt a few things....like paint....

phitzy1
Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Mon, 17th Dec '07 6:45 PM

Hey, Tuzilla

Perhaps to achieve that "brown" look when the close of the season draws near, Corsendonk Christmas Ale bottles might be an adequate replacement.



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