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  #1  
November 30th, 2011, 08:59 PM
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What's the better Christmas tree: real one or artificial one?
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November 30th, 2011, 09:35 PM
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I don't know which one is better in general.

But a fake one is better for me. They have always been an allergy trigger for me (I do ok outdoors where there's lots of air circulating, but in an enclosed space.. not so fun) so we have a fake one. The fir trees are worse than a true pine.. but I don't like the look of a pine.

I also dislike the mess that a real tree can leave in your home. needles, sap, sometimes critters appear (usually from fresh cut trees)... not my idea of a happy time! DH does too, so there was no complaint over buying our fake tree from Walmart.
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December 1st, 2011, 04:49 AM
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Fake, fake, fake

The tree we have is older than I am, and still kickin. And no real trees had to be hurt so that we could make it look like a craft store threw up all over it.

I don't like real trees indoors where they don't belong.(we also have allergy triggers in this house, but that's actually not the main reason we don't do real trees, lol).
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December 1st, 2011, 05:06 AM
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Fake! I am terribly allergic to real ones and I'd never be able to live with one in the house. Plus I don't like the idea of cutting down a live tree just to stick it in my house for a few weeks and then toss it out. It seems so wasteful. I know those trees are often grown with the express purpose of being cut down for a Christmas tree but it still seems wrong.
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December 1st, 2011, 05:24 AM
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Fake tree. Only because I can't believe we would cut down trees JUST to put in our homes when there are starving Africans dieing every day........ wait..... did I get that right?


In all seriousness we have a fake tree. Like Frackel we had a tree that was my grandma's tree so probably over 40-50 years old. I finally got sick of all the pieces it came with and gave it to another family. I got a 3 piece pre-lit sucker last year.
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December 1st, 2011, 05:46 AM
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We go Chrsitmas tree hunting almost every year~its a family sport. We bag the tree we want, wound it, and then mount it in the living room corner and let it die a slow death. When Christmas is over, we drag it out into the woods and let it become compost. And if we do that to a tree, just imagine what we do to other forms of vegetation like flowers. We're just not a nice family.
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December 1st, 2011, 05:56 AM
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We're a real tree family here too except we do a canned hunt and get one from the lot down the street.
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December 1st, 2011, 06:43 AM
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I always had a real tree growing up, but after I moved out my mom got a fake. I think she has since gone back to real. DH and I usually get a real tree too, but last year I was too tired/overwhelmed for a tree and the little bit of space we have in our house for a tree is now taken over with Juliet's toys. So we also aren't bothering with it this year, I think I will put up the 2ft fake tree we have and decorate it with homemade stuff we make this year, rather than unpacking our other ornaments.
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December 1st, 2011, 06:50 AM
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I'll just go ahead and solve the debate for you:

The Great Debate: Real Vs. Artificial Christmas Trees


We do real here. We go to a local Christmas tree farm and cut it down ourselves and I feel great about it. We are supporting a local small business owner, using a renewable resource, recycle it at the end of the year, while it is growing (8-12 years on average) it is doing its job of helping to clean the air, I don't have to worry about it shedding lead based products into my home (read the article I posted-scary! You're not supposed to let your kids touch them and you are supposed to wash your hands every time you touch it), and I don't have to worry about it breaking down and taking up space in a landfill when I'm done with it. And on top of that it smells and looks so much better!

People can do whatever they want, but don't fool yourself into thinking an artificial tree is the greener or healthier choice because it's flat out not.

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We go Chrsitmas tree hunting almost every year~its a family sport. We bag the tree we want, wound it, and then mount it in the living room corner and let it die a slow death. When Christmas is over, we drag it out into the woods and let it become compost. And if we do that to a tree, just imagine what we do to other forms of vegetation like flowers. We're just not a nice family.
Lol! Savages...

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December 1st, 2011, 07:12 AM
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I grew up with fake, had fake for while in my own home, but the past few years it's been real and I love it. The only down side is the crazy needles we have to clean up after.
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December 1st, 2011, 07:20 AM
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If that's the case my cat might be lead poisoned by the end of the year. :/ She has a fetish with licking the christmas tree. Of course I use the ol' water bottle when I catch her, but can't do that all day long!
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December 1st, 2011, 08:42 AM
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Hubby and I were just talking about this last week. I remembered reading somewhere sometime (maybe it was on here last year) that fake trees are actually worse, but I couldn't remember all the specifics of why. We've had a fake one for the last 13 years, but I am not sure how many more years it will last. We've had to ditch the bottom row of branches thanks to the plastic brackets breaking and then had to cut the pole to avoid having the bottom of the tree be 3 feet off the floor. After reading that article, it makes me consider switching to real once this one gets worse.
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December 1st, 2011, 09:54 AM
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Real. I used to be into fake trees until I learned how much better using a real one is. plus I love taking the kids to the tree farm every year to find the perfect tree, and then take a sleigh ride and drink hot cocoa.
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December 1st, 2011, 11:51 AM
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Real! There's nothing like the scent of a real tree. Also, my family ran a Christmas tree farm for years.
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December 1st, 2011, 11:51 AM
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Love real, grew up with real. But the past few year have used an artificial. Trees in my area are too expensive.
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December 1st, 2011, 12:03 PM
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I grew up in the Balsam Fir capitol of the world (certified by the Christmas tree growers association in 1996) and what I found amusing is there are restrictions on whether you can have a real tree or a fake one in your home all over the province. I've never actually lived in an apartment that allowed real ones. Real trees are considered a fire hazard and probably a dozen people lose their homes yearly because the tree dries out and catches on fire. So apartment buildings don't give you a choice. It's 15 day eviction if you bring in a real tree (you can get away with a tiny tabletop tree if you don't put lights on it.) and get caught.

My mom went fake after she scouted out the perfect tree one October. Tagged it, we had it cut in time for Christmas, wrapped it, took it home. Set it up, watered it gave it a day or two to rest.. decorated it.. and came home Christmas eve from church to the stupid thing having lost almost every single needle.. it looked horrific. She did manage to find a second tree (helps when two owners attend your church. lol).. but since that year she's never liked putting up a tree and we've never had a real one again. Dad and I don't care.. it's so nice to breathe properly at Christmas time!

I compromised with DSS. We'll put a good size pine outside our house, and we'll decorate it at Christmas (a live tree, not a cut one). He was pretty bummed about the fake tree.
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December 1st, 2011, 01:24 PM
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I prefer fake until the kids get bigger.
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December 2nd, 2011, 04:57 AM
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I loathe Christmas trees but the kids always wear me down, so every year I end up hauling our fake tree down from the attic. Darn thing is so old it was probably witnesses Jesus' birth. Anyway, after this year its going to the landfill and I'm going to make a fabric tree to hang on the wall, with velcro ornaments. Gotta give the kids something to laugh about 30 years from now, eh?
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December 2nd, 2011, 04:09 PM
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Real tree here. We do a family tradition on DH's side where we go the Saturday after Thanksgiving and chop down our own (it's a tree farm, not the woods). I love the smell of the real tree and we like to make our own decorations. We do have a few on there that are store boughten that we get, but most of them are hand made by the kids and I. This year we got a Balsm that is tall and nicely round. Probably the best tree we've had thus far.
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December 2nd, 2011, 07:18 PM
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Real tree here. We do a family tradition on DH's side where we go the Saturday after Thanksgiving and chop down our own (it's a tree farm, not the woods). I love the smell of the real tree and we like to make our own decorations. We do have a few on there that are store boughten that we get, but most of them are hand made by the kids and I. This year we got a Balsm that is tall and nicely round. Probably the best tree we've had thus far.
I had to look up the definition of boughten. True story.
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