Post # 16
I prefer real trees, but we have an artificial right now (technically it’s not even up lol). When I was a kid my cousins and grandpa and aunties and uncles would all go ‘Christmas tree hunting’ and find the best one. Wed relax after by the giant fire and roast hot dogs and marshmallows. One of my favourite childhood memories!
Post # 17
I prefer real trees and we always had one as children (which we cut down on our own property).
But living in Rural Australia tree farms are extremely limited and quite expensive so we have an artificial one.
I can’t handle not having the ‘real tree smell’ though so I currently cut small branches from our outside pine tree and mix the real branches in with the artificial ones! haha
Post # 18
I’ve never actually know someone in real life that has a real tree but I live in the southern midwest so maybe that’s why?
Post # 19
We always have a real tree when we are home for Christmas. This year we are holidaying in a warmer climate so it’s artificial white tree and garland for us this year.
ps No one has to shimmy under the tree to water a real tree, You can save the cardboard roll from a roll of wrapping paper. Place one end over the tree stand and pur water down the tube. Easy peasy.
Post # 20
We always had real trees when I was growing up. I still prefer them, but we usually travel for the holidays so we have a fake tree. And it is nice to have it with the lights already installed!
This year, we are due to have our first baby on Jan 1 so we aren’t traveling but we also aren’t putting up our usual big tree. I bought a tiny tabletop mini tree because I couldn’t bear the thought of taking down a bunch of decorations when I’m like 40+ weeks pregnant or caring for a newborn.
Post # 21
I grew up with real trees and my parents still get a real one every year, but I’m leaning toward investing in a really nice fake tree to use for a long time. Maybe it’s silly, but I feel really guilty about cutting down a tree for a couple of weeks enjoyment. Real trees are beautiful to be sure, but I can’t square that with my admittedly overactive guilt synapse. I read of a service in SF where you could rent a potted tree for Christmas and then return it. I’d hoped for that to catch on elsewhere, but don’t believe it has.
Post # 22
We always had a real one growing up which I prefer. My husband always be a fake tree & loves his tree up on 1st December. So fake tree it is
Post # 23
Real. The smell of a fresh cut fir tree is part of Christmas! This year we went smaller. We usually get about an 8-9 footer but we got a 6’6″ one this year. Our family goes out together to a Christmas tree farm where we wander among the trees to find a favourite and chop it down to take home.
Post # 24
- Wedding: June 2019 - Turkey
I get so immensely sad when I see tree graveyards. It’s not like buying a bouquet (although I’m also against that), that’s an actual growing tree. I’m pro decorating real trees in your garden, but artificial trees inside home for environmental concerns.
Post # 25
You’re against bouquets of flowers?
Anything I’ve read about the environmental impact says you need to keep an artificial tree for 20 years for it to have a lower impact compared to cutting down a real one and I’ve never seen anyone do that so I am happy that real trees are actually not that bad for the environment. Any decent place will plant several more trees per 1 cut down. betyl :
Post # 26
, zzar45 :
I have to say, I am also sad seeing a tree graveyard everytime I see past one. We had an artificial tree from D.H’s mom so which is already 20+years. D/H is also very allergic to real tree, so that is also a also strong motivation. As much as I want to avoid it, probably the only time I bought real cut flowers was for my wedding.
Post # 27
We grew up with a real tree and i absolutely love them! Iv been getting real trees for the past few years and the main motivation for that is the smell and how it transports me back to my childhood! However i have noticed the smell is less and less, and this year my tree has mo smell whatsoever. Gutted! So i may go and get a realistic artificial tree for next year. No smell, no point!!
Post # 29
Artificial due to allergies in the home and asthma. I grew up with live trees and going out to cut one every year,so I’m not swayed one way or the other. Nature just chose for me.
Post # 30
- Wedding: June 2019 - Turkey
Yep I’m against cut flowers, it’s not that awkward. I don’t want actual living plants to be ripped out just because I feel entitled to do so as a human being. Plants and trees on the soil is the only way for me. 👌
I neither have an artificial nor a real tree inside my house,each to their own. I stated my opinion that’s it.