Post # 1
Real Christmas tree or fake? What do you prefer and why?
Growing up my family was not really into Christmas so we only had a very small fake tree. I think it would be SO much fun to go pick out a tree, etc (Ive never done it.) We currently have a small fake but I’m interested in real tree details 🙂
Are they messy.. Are they very expensive? How much (approx) do you pay for a real tree every year.
Post # 3
@joleegirl: Real trees are $20+/yr. They are definitely messy and then you have to dispose of them. I like fake trees because you buy them once and they lost a long time if you take care of them, plus they aren’t messy.
Post # 4
i have a post on this here if you’re curious ! Got tons of responses. Were going to the tree farm today 🙂
Post # 5
@BellaDee: Thanks! 🙂 Totally didn’t see your post!
Post # 6
I grew up with real Christmas trees! They are wonderful. They smell beautiful and it is a wonderful Christmas tradition/ experience to get one, whether you go to a farm or a lot.
Costs of real trees vary whether you get them from a farm, or a lot. Prices of real trees also vary by type. Some types are more expensive than others. So every year you will be spending money on a tree…usually around $30 to $40 in my area.
Yes, they are messy – they will drop needles when you bring them in and out again. However, as long as they are properly hydrated (I like to add a combination of warm water + sugar to the tree every couple of days) they will not drop a lot of needles while they are up. You can also buy special tree bags that put over the tree when you are ready to take it down…its like a huge garbage bag for the tree. It really helps eliminate needles on the floor.
Post # 7
I love the smell of a real tree but once we got pets it was too messy and dangerous to have the needles everywhere so we switched to fake. We had the kind with the lights already attached and it is so convenient to have that step done!
Post # 8
Real trees are not in our cards for a few years. Our apartment doesn’t allow them and we leave for a week during Christmas so it would be more of a hassle to try to take it down before we leave.
I would love to experience it at least once though! I have heard they are messy and a pain to dispose of but I would love to have that pine needle scent in our living room!
Post # 9
I grew up with a real Christmas tree until my mother realized that I was allergic to trees and that caused me to have asthma attacks lol. Sooo we switched to fake and ended up loving it. No pine needles on the floor, no constantly watering it…and best of all I wasn’t dying!
Post # 10
I have the fake tree that my parents bought when I was about 9 years old. I only put the top half of it up, set on a table, because the whole tree is too big for our apartment. It’s getting pretty ratty and I’m thinking about buying a new one next year. One of these days I’d like to get a real tree again. I love the smell!
Post # 11
Our first Christmas tree (!) is a fake tree. Our apartment doesn’t recommend real ones.
Post # 12
Why isn’t everyone going crazy about the use of the word fake?
LOL, just kidding… don’t kill me.
I grew up with fake trees, it was more practical! My best friend had a real one every year! It was beautiful, smelled great! But yeah it was a mess.
I think I’ll stick to fake when I have my own place.
Post # 13
Our tree is fake and I like it that way. Real trees are nice but they are messy. Plus, you have to water it, dispose of it, and clean up after it in general because the needles will fall off of it and onto the floor. Also, sometimes I find that they can be a little sticky. I dunno, I just like our pre-lit fake tree more because it’s less of a mess and if I want it to smell like a real tree I can always light a candle. It’s not necessarily the same as smelling a real tree but this works better for me in general due to allergies lol. Also, bugs are in real trees. No thanks. All of this is coming from a girl who’s had both and my Uncle owns a Christmas tree farm. I guess it’s worth the experience….BUT, with that said, I wouldn’t do it down South because around where I live they just set up piles of trees in a parking lot…and I dunno it doesn’t seem as nice as the experience I had when I was younger at his farm. His tree farm is up north so it’s snowing, there’s hot cocoa, and a sleigh pulled by horses. That was magical but alas, despite us getting our tree for free because he owned a tree farm, we switched to fake because it’s far less work. So yes, team fake tree over here
Post # 14
We’ve always had a fake tree ever since the last real tree my parents bought caught fire! We managed to put it out and I’m glad the house didn’t catch on fire. Yes it was well hydrated… Oh well. No more real trees for me, although the are nice.
Post # 15
@joleegirl: grew up with a real tree and I won’t have it any other way now! Really love everything about Christmas and going out to buy a tree and decorating it is a big part of the celebration. Over the last 4-5 years my parents have started a new tradition where on a Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks before Christmas, the whole family shows up at their house, then my cousins, SIL, nephew, FI and I put on silly elf and Santa hats and go to the nearest store/lot to buy a tree. On the way we play Christmas carols in the car and sing really loud:) We also stop at a Starbucks and pick up hot chocolate so we stay warm while walking around outside choosing the tree. Then it’s back to my parents where we pop National Lampoons Christmas into the DVD player and everyone decorates the tree. We love being cheesy!
Sorry to have digressed from your original questions though:) The tree costs about $40-50, we usually go with a Fraser fir and it’s about 5′ 5″ tall. Yes they drop needles when you’re moving it in and out of the house but nothing that a quick vacuum can’t fix. Plus the vacuuming spreads the lovely fragrance around the house. Keep it watered regularly and also mist it with water from a spray bottle. Invest in a good quality stand, I prefer plastic to metal. It should have a deep enough reservoir and also a convenient access hole for refilling.
ETA: check with your municipality about their disposal process. In our city trees are picked up twice in January, on a regular garbage pick up day. The trees are chipped and turned into compost and mulch to fertilize our parks.
Post # 16
I like real trees. We get ours from a place called Produce Junction (chain in our area, not sure how far it extends) for $28 a year, which is really affordable compared to a lot of trees in our area.
I know they can be messy, less attractive, require more attention, etc. but for me nothing beats the tradition of picking out a tree, tying it to the back of a car, bringing it in, and smelling the pine needles all season!