(Closed) Real or Fake – Christmas Trees!

posted 7 years ago in Holidays
  • poll: Based on MY story, which should we get?



  • Post # 152
    2664 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID

    @BellaDee:  Ain’t no one tellin’ me I can’t get a real tree. and this is coming from a jew. I feel very strongly about my ability to have a real tree. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Post # 153
    90 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    To me nothing can replace having a real tree! I LOVE the smell, and as a kid it was my responsibility to water it, it made me so happy. Last year I got a HUGE plastic that i put under the tree. When it got dry all i had to do was remove the base, and then pull up the big bag over the tree and tie a knot. There was no mess at all ๐Ÿ™‚  

    Post # 154
    772 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle

    I love the smell of a real christmas tree. It just wouldn’t be the same without a real tree. 

    Post # 155
    1117 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We have the exact same problem! His mom is a clean freak and pine needles on the floor would kill her, so DH always had fake. But I adore real trees! My parents always drove out into the mountains and you could buy a pass and cut one down for $5-10, which would take a long time to add up to the price of a fake one. If you can convince him, I say definitely go with real, they are so wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 156
    1427 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - parent\'s backyard

    I get really depressed when I see all the sad forgotten christmas trees on the curb after christmas. I know it’s irrational because there are tree farms just for this purpose, but I assign empathy to ianimate objects (my SO makes fun of me all the time for this). 

    therefore, my trees are over-the-top, not even trying to look real. I love vintage tinsel trees. mine looks like the photo below. 

    but for you, OP, you should get your real tree if that’s what you want!  just please promise me it will get recycled into compost or fire wood ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 157
    8574 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    We have a fake one.. I don’t like the smell of real trees, or the mess they leave behind!

    And I can get a good 7+ years out of 1 tree.

    Post # 158
    2452 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @BellaDee:  I think you should suggest that you two compromise: get a real tree this year and if your husband does not like it, you’ll highly consider getting a fake tree next year. Would that be okay with you?

    ETA: I just saw your update! Glad you were able to compromise ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 160
    2692 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Fake all the way.  And it looks amazing.  I did a real tree once when we got out very first apartment and it was just messy and annoying… and a bigger deal to dispose of than I thought it would be.

    Post # 161
    1263 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

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    @BellaDee:  That is so exciting! 

    I know this is an old thread, but I wanted to add, because I’m seeing a lot about how real trees are worse for the environment, more dangerous, etc.

    Neither of those are particularly true. Real trees are 100% biodegradable and recyclable, unlike fake trees, which, once they have gotten old and ragged, being made with toxic plastics and all that jazz, have to just be thrown away and sent to a landfill.

    Also, buying a real tree supports local business. Real trees are gotten from tree farms, whereas fake trees are often manufactured overseas.  Again, they are made with plastics and PVC, so the production of fake trees is awful for the environment.  

    Also, real trees are flammable, yes. But as long as they are properly watered it is not that much of a concern – the real danger is when they get dried out. Fake trees on the other hand are now usually treated with flame retardants, so if they get hit with a fire source, they can actually get scorchingly hot without looking like anything is wrong – so when people touch it, it can be very dangerous (however, this is still obviously preferable to them burning down a house). But, if it is exposed to fire for long enough, the flame retardant can be worn through, and the tree will burst into flame and melt much faster than a real tree would – releasing all the chemicals and nastiness into the air.

    Obviously people should get whatever type of tree they want – fake ones are definitely cheaper over time.  But no one should feel guilty for getting a real one, or guilt anyone else because it’s “bad for the environment” when that simply isn’t true.

    Post # 162
    91 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

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    @BellaDee:  Sounds like a good plan to try the real tree for a year and see how it goes. (Any thoughts yet?)

    One thing to think about if it turns out you want to try a fake tree – don’t wait till next year – check out the after christmas sales! Go look around in late December or early January and see what’s around. I did that a few years ago and scored a 6.5ft, decent, plastic tree for $6! Most deals I saw weren’t quite that good, but you could get a nice artificial tree for 40-50% off, which just makes it that much better

    Post # 163
    7659 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 1997

    I’m allergic, and real trees are just way too much work (from cutting them to getting them secured in a watering stand, to stringing lights, etc.). We have two fake trees we put up, and I love being able to put them up by myself. The kids go to school, DH is often travelling for business, and then one day they come home and suddenly everything is up and festive. They love the surprise.

    And while I realize that tree farms grow trees for the express purpose of cutting them, it seems so wasteful to me, and it makes me sad to kill a tree. Maybe I’m just weird that way.

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