Real tree or artificial?

posted 2 years ago in Holidays
  • poll: Real Christmas tree or artificial?



  • Post # 31
    910 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2020

    Fake! We actually have the tree my mom had for YEARS (we’re talking older than me…maybe 30? 35?). It’s so old that it’s rusting in places and losing its needles, so it actually looks more real than ever! Haha. We get those scented pine sticks to make it smell real!

    My fiance is actually newly allergic to pine trees so it will be fake for us forever. I don’t mind since I clearly never had a real tree growing up, but I think he misses having a real tree.

    Post # 32
    2678 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    After seeing a video of real christmas trees catching fire becuase they were too dry I don’t think I’d ever go to real from fake.

    Pre-lit is also a mega plus.

    Post # 33
    1432 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

    I would love a real tree, but they’re just so much work so we have a fake one.  But when FH and I buy our first house, I really want to get a real tree for the first Christmas. =)

    Post # 34
    66 posts
    Worker bee

    We’ve always done a real tree. There’s just something about the smell and picking out the perfect tree. 

    Post # 35
    1958 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2019

    Artificial but only because I’m really allergic to real evergreens 🙁 

    Post # 36
    1002 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2019

    I’ve always loved real trees, we always had real ones growing up. The past few years, we had a fake one because my Fiance already had a fake tree and although I always planned to try to convince him to get a real one, when it came to it I just never bothered because that time of year is just so busy anyway, it didn’t seem worth the work.

    But this year we finally got a real tree! My friend was basically in the same situation with her husband, where he’d rather just use a fake tree because it’s easier, but she really wanted a real tree. So a couple Sundays ago, she had her dad’s truck for something else, and called me up and said we were going to go out and buy real Christmas trees right then. Our SO’s couldn’t successfully argue for fake trees when we were putting up a united front lol. Plus, this is our first Christmas together in our new house and as an engaged couple, so I feel like I would have been able to convince him to get a real tree anyway.

    When we have kids, we’ll probably end up actually going out and cutting down a tree. When the kids are a little older, anyway, and can appreciate it. We both have fond memories of cutting down Christmas trees with our families when we were kids.

    Post # 37
    2406 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

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    zzar45 :  I’m very allergic to all soft wood. We used to get a real tree when I was a child and put it up on Christmas Eve and take it down on Boxing Day (any longer and my asthma would risk me having to go to the hospital). I also had to wear gloves to decorate it because I would get hives where the needles touched me. So although I love the look of a real tree, it’s really not even an option for us and I can’t even go into homes of people who have real ones without feeling short of breath.

    Post # 38
    6397 posts
    Bee Keeper

    FAKE!  Mainly because we have a white tree so the ornaments pop more

    Post # 39
    185 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2021 - Schoharie, NY

    I loooove the smell of real trees so we have a diffuser next to our fake tree (see below) and we put balsam fir essential oil drops in it so our hours smells like trees. 

    Post # 40
    198 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    I didn’t see an option for what we have.. BOTH!  We have an artificial tree we put up in the carpeted living room a little before Thanksgiving and then we get a real tree the first weekend in December and put it up in the family room that has hardwood floors (to combat the needle drop problem).  I love real trees they just make everything so magical!  I probably wouldn’t do the artifical but bought it the winter I was selling my old house to help stage it and don’t feel comfortable throwing it away when it is still in great condition. 

    To note, after Christmas we put the real tree up in the backyard with birdseed ornaments for the winter birds and then use it for firewood through the summer.  It definitely gets lots of life out of it! 

    Post # 41
    1965 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2018


    While I love real trees, with asthma and allergies it doens’t make sense. We’re also lazy. I don’t want to deal with clean up of a real tree. 

    Post # 42
    2955 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2006

    We always had real growing up, but now I have fake and my husband gripes every year about it. The ONLY upside to real is the smell IMO. Pine needles everywhere, watering it, etc is not fun. Plus I’m lazy and I’d rather drag a box out of the attic as opposed to going and picking one out, hauling it home, disposing of it after…..

    Post # 43
    1331 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2019

    Fake! And pre-lit. Real trees are too much of a hassle for me. 

    Post # 44
    2490 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I always had fake ones growing up, but DH was adamant when we moved in together that we got a real tree. Honestly, I love having a real tree! It’s fun to go pick it out, smells great, and it’s not too much of a bother to water and clean up after. We still keep a fake mini tree as well. I only worry about bug infestations because it’s happened to people I know so we heavily inspect the trees before buying, but it still worries me.

    Post # 45
    3145 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2021

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    zzar45 :  We have a fake tree. It’s just easier than going and getting a new tree every year and having to time it properly, water it, clean up needles, etc. Not to mention, now that we have a doggo we would have to worry about him eating the needles. 

    My family always had a real tree growing up and I have fond memories of going out with my dad and brothers to pick out and cut down our tree, and I miss the smell of fresh pine. But to me it just isn’t worth it at this juncture in life to go the real tree route.

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