December 3, 2012

Christmas Trees: Faux or Fir Real?

Let's chat Christmas Trees.
Faux or Fir Real?

I'll admit it, I have a fake tree.  It lives in a box in our basement for 11 months out of the year and makes it's return on the Sunday after Thanksgiving already decked out in lights.  This year we got an extra week in.  We plug it in every evening and turn it off before bed. We don't have to water it or worry that it will dry out and become a fire hazard.  No concern that it's top heavy and will crash down taking out ornaments along the way.  No vacuuming up needles every day.   Our little fake wonder has been the backdrop to Matthew and I's own little Christmas in our own home for years.  We light a yummy Frasier Fir scented candle each night around sunset and enjoy the holidays.  I hope my kids don't mind.


Do you pull your tree out of storage or hit the road to select your own live tree?
From a lot or a farm? 


What's your favorite kind of Christmas Tree?
 We always had a huge Frasier fir growing up, and my parents still do.  The bigger the better.  My dad claims that wedging it into the ceiling helps it from tipping over.  Such a Griswald.

POLL:
Faux or Fir?

29 comments:

  1. We get a real tree because I love the tradition of picking one out as a family and because I grew up with fake ones. But a real one is such a mess pine needles everywhere. One day I will make the switch to fake when I can afford the pre-lit one at Frontgate. My parents have it and it is the best fake tree ever!!

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  2. We get a real Frasier fir every year. Once our kids are out of the house, we may move to a pre-lit faux tree too, but I am not sure I can convince my husband!

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  3. Real girl, but it's mainly because my emotional/sentimental husbands chooses too ha!

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  4. We have one of each. The faux is in the living-room with white lights and the real deal will be in the family-room with big C7 colored bulbs. This way everyone is happy:)

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  5. We have one of each too. A big fraser fir in the family room and a small, table top fake one in the living room. I just love the tradition of getting a real tree with the family.

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  6. For years we had real trees. As children, we actually cut them from our own pasture. They were cedar and wickedly scratchy when they dried out, and my husband's family did the same. His mother is in her eigties, and she still has cedar trees. When we were newly weds, I used to buy a white pine which looks very wispy and can only hold lighter ornaments, and we covered it in angels and crosses, etc.... it looked like the Crismon tree at church. Then we switched to larger Scotch pines where we could use all the onrmanets we collected, having some trees that topped eleven feet because we have twelve foot celings. And yes, we had to figure out how to wire them in place One year, I ended up under a tree. Don't ask! I had to call my husband and have him come lift the tree so the oraments wouldn't all break. Thankfully, I was on the phone while I was deocrating. ;-) Then I found the most beautiful fir I have ever seen, and we got that and switched to firs for a while. About that time, my sister decided I was allergic to Christmas trees, and as it turns out, I was. So it's artifical now. We use live greenery outside and fake inside. But I don't mind a good fake as a door wreath. I bought a new fake tree this yeat and love it. I don't think it cheats children to have an aritidial tree unless you want to make going to a tree farm an annual event. I have very young godchildren (older ones, too), and they have never minded our artifical trees. I cover them in ornaments from head to toe, and not one soul is the wiser in terms of how it looks. We are celebrating the day after Christmas in our St. Augustine vacation home, and again, I have an artifical tree inside and live greenery on the exterior. The main thing is to keep the reason for the season foremost in our hearts and create memories for our loved ones.

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  7. We have a fake simply for safety sake while the kids are little. But I'm hoping next year (fingers crossed) we can go back to the real deal and go cut one down as a family. Something about a real one just gets me. Though I'm not oblivious to how convenient this fake one has been the last few years...

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  8. Definitely real!! Supports local farmers, the environment (not a fan of what the fake are made of), and the smells is in my house all the time! I don't mind the needles because if I vacuum them and then don't empty the vacuum for a month the smell will stay even longer. (I have a real wreath on the door as well so the smell hits as you walk in). For me, the only negative is answering the questions my kids have about where the tree goes when we are done with it.

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  9. Growing up my parents always had a fake tree, it was just easier. In the past few years they've switched to a real tree. Having to go pick it up and all that good stuff is a total pain and it doesn't smell like a real tree. I think that was the most shocking part. The only thing about a fake tree is having somewhere to store it!

    Xo-L

    simplylowcountry.blogspot.com

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  10. Faux and I love it! Lights already on and ready to go! I did real trees for a few years when my kids were little, and I could never remember to water it. I switched over to faux probably 6 years ago, and no one ever said one thing about it. I use some real fir greenery down the center of my kitchen table, and we get little whiffs of the scent that way.

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  11. I have to do a real tree, since my parents scarred me with their fake one. We switched to fake at some point growing up, as my mom was sick of vacuuming up pine needles, which is perfectly legitimate. However, one year my mom left the tree up, tucked away in a corner of the formal living room for an entire year! I was convinced that I was cursed with bad luck forever more thanks to that one. She did take off the lights and ornaments, but when it came to hauling it back down to the basement it just never happened. So, it's real for us (except for this year, since my ten-month old pulls up on EVERYTHING).

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  12. The first year I was married we bought a real tree.... it died before December 10th. My mom then gifted us with a faux one and I LOVE it. I won't ever get a real one unless its a table top size.

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  13. Fir. I grew up with a faux and never minded it but when I got married the hubs insisted on real and I'll never go back. The smell can't be beat. And we make a whole day out of picking out the tree and brining it home to decorate. Its a great tradition in our little family.

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  14. Nothing but real here, all the way.
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  15. Faux. I did huge real Frasier firs for years but I am allergic to them. They can get a little moldy. I had hardwood floors so the clean up was not too bad but the thought of those needles every year and sneezing for a month non-stop is not worth the trouble for a real tree. I am thinking of a potted table top tree in addition to our fake.

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  16. This is our third year with a faux tree and I love it. I do miss the hunt of a tree with the fam, but in addition to all the benefits you mentioned above, it used to take me hours wrapping every branch with lights making me a little grumpy. Now I just plug it in, fluff and voila ready to go.

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  17. Definitely Fir (and a Fraser Fir for certain!) I can't imagine ever not having a real tree - it just smells like Christmas.

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  18. I'm a real person! This year we were able to go and cut down one!

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  19. There's nothing like the faux vs. real tree debate to get people fired up (at least, that's what I find)! We have a faux tree for convenience... I can put it up whenever I want without worrying about it dying, no need to water, no needles to clean up and best of all, no possible water leaks to ruin our floors. It's also pre-lit which I loooove. I like the idea of a real tree... maybe when we have a bigger house, we can have one real and one faux!! :)

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  20. My father is a fireman so growing up I literally thought that if you had a real tree, your house would burn down! I'm all about the convenience and look of a fake. I'm all about the scented candles!

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  21. We got faux tree all the way. There is just something so easy about pulling a tree out of the box and putting it back in 6 weeks later. No watering, vacuuming, worrying about fire, etc. I also like to think I'm being green by not cutting down a tree each year.

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  22. FAUX FAUX FAUX all the way! So much easier, and they make such good lookin' ones these days!

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  23. I've always had a real one upstairs and a fake one downstairs growing up. I LOVE picking out the real tree and the smell of the pine needles. When I get my own tree, it'll probably be faux for cost and ease reasons.

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  24. We love our faux tree. No sniffles or allergies for me and my son since we store it inside! Growing up I loved cutting it down, but suffered terribly with allergies and asthma all December. Faux is safer and less wasteful anyway.

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  25. Oh , we did real for years. Until I finally had a conversation with myself & figured out I didn't want to vacuum needles every day, check the water every day, water the tree w/out spilling all the damn water on the velvet tree skirt & hardwood floors constantly. And don't get me started on the monsoon of needles that fall off when that dried out tree goes out out the door when it's over. No thank you.

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  26. Never fake. Never. Leave it outside in a huge bucket of water for first two weeks, then bring it in. Always stays fresh. Heavy, hard to manage, needles...so worth it. Every year we step back and say this is our prettiest one ever..never, ever, ever a fake - ever.

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  27. Love having another reason to argue about if this tree is better then last years, have to go real...the smell...the effort in putting it up...it has personality!

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  28. Love having another reason to argue about if this tree is better then last years, have to go real...the smell...the effort in putting it up...it has personality!

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