Real or artificial?

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    Nov 17, 2009 10:26 PM GMT
    Christmas tree.

    I'm thinking of going artificial. Better for the environment and you don't get pine needles dropping on the floor.
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    Nov 17, 2009 10:28 PM GMT
    Is it that time of the year already?
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    Nov 17, 2009 10:28 PM GMT
    I've a plastic one, but this year I cant be bothered putting it up.
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    Nov 17, 2009 10:51 PM GMT
    I had a fake one for years, a family air loom of sorts that I still have. Two years ago I decided to go real and loved it much more—won’t go back to fake.

    I’m not understanding, how a plastic tree is better for the environment. I get that you reuse it, but it will eventually end up in a landfill at some point.

    Real trees are renewable and can be mulched up.

    Most X-mas trees are grown locally and support local economy, whereas the plastic ones are made in China….Just me.

    This year I think I’m going live, and plant it after we’re done.
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    Nov 17, 2009 10:55 PM GMT
    I've used an artificial tree for many years. A real tree does smell better (in fact, a fake tree doesn't smell at all), but here in South Florida an artificial tree makes better sense, no classic Christmas trees growing naturally in this area.

    But even when I lived up north, and could get fresh trees from nearby Minnesota, we still had a fake tree. Over time you save money, and avoid the worry over "bad spots" on the tree, and time wasted shopping in the cold. And frankly, the way I over-decorate a tree, in the end you can't tell whether it's real or not! Hell, you can barely see it! LOL!
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    Nov 17, 2009 10:58 PM GMT
    I would say that a REAL tree is better for the environment.

    A plastic manufacturing plant vs. a tree farm... Hmmm. One emits Carbon Dioxide, the other emits, ungodly death... Plus the plethora of other production hazards.
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    Nov 17, 2009 10:59 PM GMT

    A pretty picture of a tree drawn and colored by yours truly on the refrigerator door spattered with tomato sauce and chicken grease cause I'm not keen on that particular holiday. What? the Christians have an aversion to Gay Christmas.

    I was tickled, one of my aunt's religious cooke friends wouldn't let her kids dress up that day, but she was showing off the spot for her next tattoo, she is covered in them, but her lil ones can't dress up like power rangers? icon_confused.gif

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    Nov 17, 2009 11:19 PM GMT
    I can't stand fake Christmas trees. Just like fake houseplants, they just seem....well, spiritless and ugly. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, so Christmas without the smell of a real tree is unthinkable, and half the charm of preparing for the holday is going out to find the 'perfect' tree....and then dodging the pokey needles trying to put up all the decorations.
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    Nov 17, 2009 11:30 PM GMT
    Lots of places offer xmas tree recycling, which is a better alternative to just letting go straight into the landfill.
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    Nov 17, 2009 11:54 PM GMT
    I have no choice but to get a fake one here in MANILA! icon_smile.gif) hahaha... icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 17, 2009 11:58 PM GMT
    We just use a fake one.
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    Nov 18, 2009 1:52 AM GMT
    I prefer real yet seem to be surrounded by fakes most of my life...
  • DCEric

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    Nov 18, 2009 1:55 AM GMT
    I will never understand Christian traditions.... what a borel tree have to do with the birth of a half-man half-g-d in a desert is beyond me. Much less why people living far from a borel forest insist on having an evergreen in thier house.

    /Did I just troll?
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    Nov 18, 2009 1:57 AM GMT
    I dont like the idea about cutting trees, so I go plastic icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 18, 2009 1:58 AM GMT

    Real trees - better for the environment and creates tree farm jobs. Up here you can dedicate an acre to tree farming and your property taxes on the whole property are reduced. Harvest once every 6-7 years, and then plant the new crop right in the drilled stumps from the harvest.

    Trees tossed out after xmas are collected, ground up and composted by the cities here for public and private use in gardens etc.
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    Nov 18, 2009 1:59 AM GMT
    steltom saidI prefer real yet seem to be surrounded by fakes most of my life...

    This has nothing to do with Christmas tree's huh? icon_rolleyes.gif

    On a related note, currently using a fake tree. It lasts longer, so we can put it up during Thanksgiving and leave it up till New Years. That and minimal clean up.
    Now if we could get a live indoor pine, I think that would be preferable. You wouldn't have to put it away at all, just decorate it once a year.
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    Nov 18, 2009 2:02 AM GMT
    We have really nice vaulted ceilings, so we have a fake one...there is no way in hell I'm climbing up a 12 foot pine tree to put ornaments up!
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    Nov 18, 2009 2:10 AM GMT
    I have a houseplant I use every year. It is about two feet tall and looks the part. Then, when the fucking holidays are over it becomes just another houseplant.

    I recommend this.
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    Nov 18, 2009 2:12 AM GMT
    I always told my mom that the day she purchases an artificial Christmas tree is the day I stop attending family Christmas! haha real trees for life man!! it's all part of the experience!
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    Nov 18, 2009 2:16 AM GMT
    BronxvilleNY38 saidI dont like the idea about cutting trees, so I go plastic icon_smile.gif

    I don't like the idea of cutting trees either so I alway purchase one pre-cut icon_lol.gif
    Or maybe I'll put of the retro silver foil tree this year with the color wheel and all matching ornaments!
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    Nov 18, 2009 2:17 AM GMT
    An artificial tree is useless. Well, maybe you could clean the toilet with it. I like the smell and energy of a real tree.
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    Nov 18, 2009 2:17 AM GMT
    Well I switch it up all the time. this year I bought a small tree but it's made out of peacock and some other bird feathers and it has green glass balls on it; it's the fiercest tree I've ever bought! icon_biggrin.gif
  • camfer

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    Nov 18, 2009 2:22 AM GMT
    To get a Yule tree we hike into the forest with a permit, snowshoes, a good Swedish bow saw, and a thermos of Irish coffee. It takes an hour or two to find the perfect tree. It has to be the right height, the right shape, and in a crowded part of the forest so the taking of tree is actually improving conditions for the surrounding remaining trees. Getting the tree back to the trail can be a fun challenge. Then a hike back to the truck, tying it on top, driving home, realizing it's too tall, cutting another bit off the bottom, getting it set up straight, putting the best side forward. The real tree fills the house with fresh pine scent. Can a plastic tree from the basement have any relation to this? Who wants to help get a tree this year?

    Almost all commercially available fresh trees are grown on tree farms. It is good to support farmers. Buying a cut tree is good for you and the planet.

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    Nov 18, 2009 2:26 AM GMT
    I think this is the best xmas tree. Inspired from the Peanuts xmas special..

    charlie_brown_tree.jpg
  • MisterT

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    Nov 18, 2009 2:28 AM GMT
    I prefer real trees myself, they just seem warmer and more welcoming in some way i can't explain.

    The christmas tree came from pagan winter solstice celebrations, where they would decorate evergreen trees. Christians who were trying to convert pagans adopted the decoration of a tree for the christmas holiday to make the pagans more accepting of christianity by having something familiar to them, Many of the christian practices actually came from pagan traditions in some way.