Real tree or artificial?

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



  • Post # 46
    423 posts
    Helper bee

    Only done fake my whole life. So I have no idea if I would prefer a real one. I am sure I would love it smell and appearance wise. But truthfully don’t notice it any differently when I go to other peoples’ homes. All I see is the big picture of the whole room decorated than the little pieces so… fake?

    Post # 47
    788 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    Fake! It’s reusable/sustainable, can be donated to a Ronald McDonald House or something like that when we need a replacement and isn’t going to burn the house down or fill it with bugs and sap 😀

    Post # 48
    10635 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Fake, real trees make me quite sick and I know I’m not alone in that.  I think there’s quite a few considerate people out there who take that into consideration of guests too, so it doesn’t surprise me the poll skews that way.

    Post # 49
    5419 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I love the real trees so much! We have a fake one due to allergies but its not even up because the cat tries to eat it. Lol. 

    Post # 50
    674 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    The idea that a plastic tree is inherently better for the environment than a real one is an emotional argument, not one based in facts. Cutting down a tree does not retroactively erase the decade-long benefits of growing a tree and buying one ensures that it will be replanted. Mulching every January is as easy as taking apart and storing an artificial one.

    This article lays out the impact of both:


    Post # 51
    792 posts
    Busy bee

    Real tree all the way.

    Post # 52
    1593 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    I love the look of real ones – but I have allergies so it’s fake for us. 

    When we buy a house I’d like to invest in a beautiful expensive one though that looks quite real – and use it for years and years. 

    Post # 53
    244 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2018

    Fake as my nails bb.

    We have a black tree this year and I adore it. 

    Post # 54
    926 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2018 - Tizer Gardens/Carroll College

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    zzar45 :  We use a real tree, but due to allergies, I wish we could do a fake tree. I also wish we could do a fake tree because so many of today’s ornaments are heavy, which a real tree can’t do well to hold up. I’m going to lobby for it once we get our forever home. Right now we have a 7′ ceiling at most, and it doesn’t make sense to purchase the fancy kind of tree I want to have to change it in in a year or two.

    Post # 55
    505 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Super surprised how many people have artificial trees! I have NEVER had a fake tree nor do I ever plan to. Real every year that I can remember with my parents, and my husband and I want to follow the same tradition. 

    Post # 56
    319 posts
    Helper bee

     I live in an environmentally conscious city, and even though we are surrounded by many “Christmas trees” majority of the population use fake trees. I have not met one person with a real christmas tree in this city.  I have used the same organic tree for years and plan tocontinue  use it even if I have a child. My cat loves it. I also add my cat’s white fur on it to make it look like snow on my tree. This year I added another organic tree. They are not huge so I can move with them. Besides environmental reasons, I also think having a real tree is a hasle. You have to shop for it every year or cut it down, then clean its mess and then throw it away when you could just admire it for the whole year in its original spot. 

    Post # 57
    11303 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    Real.  Always.

    This year, we’re going to a Christmas tree farm where they have white pines.  I’m pretty sure those were the trees we had when I was a kid.  They were always long-needled, full, and bushy.

    As for decorating the tree, I’m going in a different direction this year.  We will have rose gold ornaments and white lights on white strands of wire. I’m thinking it could have an elegant look. If not, oh well.

    We’ll also have to pick up a baby tree to sit on top of the dresser. This is a tradition I started last year. It’s really pleasant to have the tree lit up when you’re in there at night.

    I must give Dh credit.  He is most diligent when it comes to taking care of the trees. He has a personal best in length of time he can keep a tree green and healthy looking.

    Post # 58
    1400 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2020

    I grew up with real trees, but went artificial this year as SO and I are just starting our home celebrations. I think we’ll keep as long as we can, and get real trees once we have kids old enough to appreciate them.

    Post # 59
    1894 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

    We use a real tree I love the smell of pine it gives our home a winter aroma that I truly enjoy

    Post # 60
    1602 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

    I’m kind of shocked by all the votes for fake trees! We had a fake tree for a few years when I was a kid and I haaaated it. Real trees are so much more festive! They’re really not that much maintenance either… I don’t find watering to be difficult at all. We just use the little watering can we use for our other household plants. We vacuum up the needles once per week when we would be vacuuming the room anyway. And after Christmas, I just carry it out to the curb. I don’t have to pack it up and figure out where to store it all year.

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