Post # 1
With the holiday’s fast approaching, and it being my husband and I’s first live-in Christmas together, we have our first debate!
DH grew up with fake christmas trees, while I, however, grew up with REAL ones. My family and I used to go pick them out at the farms and I loved and still love the smell and just how exciting it was to have it!
I really want this to be our tradition, and while I think I can persuade him into agreeing eventually, it will take a small fight!
He keeps finding beautiful fake trees ($180+), and showing them to me, (this started because we were in Home Depot for something else). I told him I wanted a real one, and explained why, but his reasons are:
- Bringing Home & Disposal
The trees here you can get for $25-$50 for a good one! They smell amazing, we have plenty of space, and we live in a townhome community so we have EASY disposal.
Post # 3
We had real ones growing up, but I’ll probably get a fake one this year. Too messy, and it’s going next to the fire place, so I feel like a real one is more dangerous.
Post # 4
We got a $300 fake tree with a lifetime warranty. Wayyyy cheaper than spending $50 every year. Plus they are messy, annoying, lots of upkeep, and you have to dispose of them lol
ETA: plus our tree already has lights on it. One decorating task already done!
Post # 5
I did fake growing up, H did real with his family. We have decided to go the fake route in the condo but may get real ones once we have a house.
Post # 6
I grew up with real christmas trees and really thought it added to the magic of the season. Right now we just don’t have one since we live in a second floor one bedroom shoebox. But once we get a house I think I can bring him around to my way of thinking (especially if we go out for Irish coffee afterwards!)
Post # 7
My family went back and forth between real and fake growing up. Now I feel like a real one is so wasteful and not to mention dangerous. Plus, you have to water it all the time and it doesn’t seem to last very long and all the needles fall off. You have to wrap it in lights (my fake is pre-lit) and then you have to figure out how to dispose of it. My cats also like to mess with the real ones.
Post # 8
I would ask him if y’all can get the real tree for year one to see how it goes, and if he still dislikes it then y’all can have a discussion about a fake one. Compromise, and keep open minds – both of you.
I have major allergies so I can never get a real tree 🙁 I would love to try it just once, though.
Post # 9
We do a fake one. Not messy and cheaper in the long run. I make my fake tree smell really nice by finding cinnamon scented pinecones to stick in it or I roast (is that the proper word lol) my own in the oven with cinnamon oil on them.
Post # 10
My DH grew up having real christmas trees – and for our first christmas in our house we had a real tree. We had a great time picking our tree…but after picking up all the needles and remembering to water the tree – and having to dump it – my DH finally agreed to get a fake tree. I grew up with fake trees for the majority of my childhood. the fake tree looks great and it already has lights on it. I just light the Balsam Fir Yankee Candle in the same room – and everyone that sees it thinks its real!
Post # 11
REAL REAL OMG REAL.
I understand going fake if you have an allergy, but xmas is just not the same without the smell of a real tree.
DH’s mom always had a fake tree, because she’s a clean freak and hates the needles..but I won the real/fake arguement with him..and his mother has even converted. She’s had a real tree the last few years too (I think part of that was because they moved to the tree-growing capital of the province, and I think they’d hang you at the stake if you had a fake tree.. lol).
I don’t care about the mess. It’s only for a certain period of time. Fake trees always look fake, and seem so “cold.” I love going out as a family to a u-pick to chop down our own tree. The upkeep is minimal.. we vaccume and clean our floors multiple times a week anyways, so the needles aren’t an issue. Watering take what, a few seconds every few days? I honestly find it more of a frig to assembe/disassemble a fake tree. I don’t have the patience for that.
And our municipality arranges a tree pick-up day after xmas, which is free!
Post # 12
REAL REAL REAL!!!
I had real growing up. DH had real growing up but a fake one when he got his own place. I am adamantly a REAL tree girl. A fake tree just doesn’t feel like Christmas.
real trees aren’t that messy if you keep them watered. Check the levels and water as needed – we needed to water it 2-3 times a day the first week or so and then 1-2 times a day the rest of the time. When you take the tree out after New Years, we just ahve to do a bit of sweeping and all is clean.
Post # 13
@BellaDee: I vote real! I grew up with real trees, and FI grew up with fake trees. Right now we have a fake tree, and the only reason I’m letting it slide (lol) is because we’re in an apartment and don’t really have space for a real tree. I did tell FI that once we’re in a house I’m putting my foot down! I do, however, buy lots of pine scented candles so I can at least get the smell!
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
@BellaDee: We never had real trees because of all the reasons you listed. My mom spent a decent amount of money on the fake tree (few hundred) and it lasted 18 years. She just replaced it a few years ago. I don’t mind fake trees at all, I prefer them. When they are covered in lights and ornaments you don’t really notice a difference between real vs. fake IMO (I had friends with real ones).
Post # 15
@megz06: Oh that pinecone idea is a good one! I saw next to the tree displays they have ‘evergreen spray’ to make it smell more “real”.. too!
Post # 16
We get a real tree every year. It is always so much fun going to pick it out and carrying it out. So what if you have to sweep up some needles! It smells so nice and makes for a nice memory