Christmas tree - real or artificial?

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    Nov 20, 2008 2:59 PM GMT
    So, hot topic of the afternoon. What sort of Christmas tree are you going to have this year? Real or one that's artificial. What sort of statement does it say about you?

    I'm thinking about a real one this year as I like the smell of a real tree in the living room. There again, I quite fancy having something that's a bit different. Ho-hum. Decisions decisions.

    And then there are the decorations...
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    Nov 20, 2008 3:05 PM GMT



    Real. Christmas tree farms are a fairly big industry here and extremely sustainable. They plant a new seedling right into the drilled stump of the cut tree. rees are cut in sections or selectively; you can even go and 'cut your own'. Instead of bare fields, there are small forests and the land owner gets a tax break. 100&% biodegradable. Our fav is the Noble Fir.
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    Nov 20, 2008 3:08 PM GMT
    We don't seem to have that in the UK. After 6th January (when you are supposed to take down all Christmas trees otherwise you will turn in to a hobgoblin) you see dead Christmas trees littering the streets as people chuck them out of their houses.
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    Nov 20, 2008 3:11 PM GMT


    Yikes! Here there is a dedicated recycling program just for that. Trees are tossed out and picked up around January 15th and taken off to green bio-recycle centers.
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    Nov 20, 2008 3:16 PM GMT
    January 15th !!!!! There must be lots of hobgoblins dancing around your streets.
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    Yeah, heh, we married each other.
  • Abe13

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    Nov 20, 2008 4:03 PM GMT
    I prefer real. The smell reminds me of Christmas growing up with all the family together. So I am kind of a traditionalist though. I get the permit from the Forest Service and go get my own from the woods. And for disposal, my family has a wood stove and we burn ours so there is no left overs for the trash. Hey, I am from Idaho, lol.
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:08 PM GMT
    Christmas is really the only holiday I go "all out" for. So, all the trees I put up are artificial.
  • Timbales

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    Nov 20, 2008 4:09 PM GMT
    Artificial, pre-lit with white lights and I add more. Less mess and maintenance, it's always the same size goes in the right place.
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:09 PM GMT
    Abe13, wow! you are like, seriously butch! Do you have an axe to chop it down?
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:10 PM GMT
    I have a three foot artificial tree. Something tells me that my landlady wouldn't like someone having an actual tree in her building.
  • Aquanerd

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    Nov 20, 2008 4:11 PM GMT
    I always hate artificial trees growing up, love the look, smell, and feel of a real tree. Fraser Furs were our tree of choice.

    But ever since the inception of reliable pre-lit artificial tree, I have had one. (I hate stringing lights.) I do get a couple of table top sized real trees to get the smell.

    Hint: The variegated needle typed trees look very real when decorated and lit.
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:16 PM GMT
    Real is the only way to go!

    (insert joke bashing users of artificial trees here...) icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:16 PM GMT
    we used to do real for years, but its insanely messy and really prickly to put decorations up, but the smell was so wonderful. needless to say, we now have an artificial tree. by weighing the pros and cons, it's a lot better.
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:16 PM GMT
    I prefer a real tree, but sometimes must settle for artificial. Here in South Florida artificial is more practical. And by the time I get finished over-decorating the tree, you can hardly tell what kind it is anyway.
  • Abe13

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    Nov 20, 2008 4:16 PM GMT
    redheadguy saidAbe13, wow! you are like, seriously butch! Do you have an axe to chop it down?

    Not that butch, lol. I use a chainsaw or hand saw, depending on the size of tree.
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:17 PM GMT
    Neither... I HATE Christmas!
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:23 PM GMT
    StripperRocco saidNeither... I HATE Christmas!

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    Nov 20, 2008 4:25 PM GMT
    None...there's no room in the studio. Plus I don't want the cat to climb it. icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:30 PM GMT
    Just for you and cat-proof too! Simply print and tape. icon_biggrin.gif That's what friends are for!

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    Nov 20, 2008 4:35 PM GMT
    jaydub said
    StripperRocco saidNeither... I HATE Christmas!

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    Oh whatev... it's a horrid holiday! Simply awful and disgusting and wasteful!
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:38 PM GMT
    StripperRocco saidNeither... I HATE Christmas!



    Well, I HATE commercialized Xmas and the weird need that people feel like they HAVE to buy other people shit! I'd rather spend time with you vs. receiving some shitty ass piece of clothing from Old Navy because you ran out of time and/or money!!!
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:38 PM GMT
    Oh, and I say real tree! You can recycle it and it smells GREAT!
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:47 PM GMT
    Thanks jaydub!
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:48 PM GMT
    Always real - we have a family tradition of cutting one in the woods and making it an outing - hot chocolate w/ a roaring camp fire, sledding and snow ball fights. It's one of the highlights of the season.