Post # 1
We’re thinking of getting a Balsam or Fraser fir from a cut-your-own organic tree farm in our area this year.
How about you?
And what factored into your decision?
Ours was based on wanting a nice, traditonal variety of tree, with sturdy branches, needles that aren’t too sharp, and don’t fall off easily, and a nice but not overwhelming scent. We don’t want pesticides to worry about when we take in that holiday scent or touch the tree or our pets roll in the inevitable needles, and we’re going right to the tree farm because we’re hoping to get a good 6 weeks out of it before it starts to fade and crisp up.
(We are also an atheist household but we love christmas trees… they were originally a pagan solstice tradition though, so it totally works!)
Ahh so excited for the tree!!!
Post # 3
@joya_aspera: I hope this doesn’t offend you, but is it a “holiday” tree then? Or a winter solstice tree?
I know non-christians do celebrate christmas, but it does make me feel a little odd about it. I’m sure it seems a bit silly! Sorry!
Post # 4
No offense taken 🙂 I call it a Christmas tree. I still celebrate Christmas and enjoy it! Just, for me, it’s about the togetherness, warmth and celebration with loved ones indoors as the cold, dark winter beats away outdoors… nothing about religion, personally. I also respect that it’s a relgious occasion for other people, I never tromple on that for them or anything. My own parents have little “manger” they put out by their tree, with cows and sheep and the whole thing. Sometimes I help them set it up. But at my home, no manger 🙂
Post # 5
I wish I could find a farm with pesticide free trees near us! I’m jealous about that!
Post # 6
Being in the UK it is the most popular one you can get. I dont even think about the type tbh.
@RenoSweeney24: I’m the same as OP. I come from a long standing athiest family. But we are northern european so the cycles of celebrations are (now) based on christian celebrations. It is just what you do in that way, it would seem wrong to. Christmas really (presents, time off, tree, food that bit) has become a secular time. Heck I know sikhs who stick up a tree. Not saying that to many it isnt a religious time, it is but to the majority I dont think it is anymore
Post # 7
@joya_aspera: My favorite, favorite is a blue spruce, but they are almost non-existent down here in S.E. PA. I’m going to see if I can find one though.
Post # 8
@joya_aspera: sounds nice!
Balsam Fir is our go-to as well. I do kind of like the long silky-ness of a pine though!
We’ll probably cut our own, although there is a great farmer’s market down the road where I buy a lot of produce and plants…we might support them with their pre-cut trees this year.
ETA: We are agnostic, but still celebrate Christmas.
Post # 9
Ours is some kind of Fir. I honestly don’t know exactly which kind though.
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@joya_aspera: We always get a noble fir. They have a great scent, and their branches are typically stronger than other evergreens – which is important because our family has a very very old tradition of lighting candles on the Christmas tree, and we need about a dozen strong branches to support the weight of the candles and the candle holders. We’re crazy, I know – it’s an old German tradition and our candle holders have been in the family for a couple centuries and no one has the heart to nix them. We keep a fire extinguisher nearby, though, and buy the tree a week before Christmas so it isn’t dried out.
Post # 11
No tree this year, since we’re moving!
But last year we had a Blue Spruce! And it turns out I was allergic to it. Worst surprise ever! (Hives all over my arms from holding it!)
Post # 12
We always get a noble fir because we purchase from a small, local farmer that only plants noble firs.
Post # 13
@joya_aspera: Right on, then. 🙂
Also, here’s my tree! My parents have a much wider fake tree, but this one will do 😉
Post # 14
We usually do a Douglas Fir or a Frasier Fir. I think this year it’s a Frasier.
Post # 15
- Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods
Concolor fir. They smell like oranges:)
Post # 16
@Mrs. Wallaby: +1! Nobles are the best