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Old 01-22-2010, 06:35 AM
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I love real trees...in other peoples home though. Artificial (as opposed to fake) for me.
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For us, it's always a freshly cut fir tree. Our family has visited the same local tree farm for over 25 years. Free hot chocolate, hot cider and cookies, a live Nativity, homemade goodies and chit-chat by the woodstove -- it's all there. We decide on a tree and my husband cuts it down -- oh, the marvelous fragrance it brings...! (Later it's recycled and used for mulching).
Sounds like the place we buy ours from in the Smoky Mountians!

Real for us, too. Preferably one you cut yourself.
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We have 2 fake trees, but I prefer real, especially Blue Spruce.
We keep our trees up so long, that way we don't have to worry about drying out and needles everywhere.
Its was a compromise when my wife was pregnant with our first, she couldn't stand losing any more ornaments by the tree falling over, lost a few heirloom ornaments made by my grandmother for our wedding that way.
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Real. We get a Fraser Fir tree fresh from the tree farms up in the NC mountains every year. I can't imagine having anything else.

I understand the convenience and savings of an artificial tree, but Christmas only comes once per year and I'm willing to splurge a little more for a real one.
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Forgive my lots of responding, but I just came across these forums this last weekend and have been wanting to post so bad! The admin approved my account just today!

But I hear what all you guys/gals are saying. It's hard because you want the scent, but also don't want to clean up the needles. The sap on the tree can also be BLAH!

But my parents bought a pretty nice expensive fake tree a few years ago and it's pretty nice. I like that I can bend the branches and fluff it up! We also buy room spray, candles or things that are Christmas tree scented. Boy were we in for a surprise when we bought this oil plugin from a store at the mall. It was christmas tree scented, we had to UNplug it because it was so over powering hahah! It had the smell of 10 christmas trees! Hehe!

But I also hear your point about a real tree. I love going to the lot, spending two hours trying to find "the right tree" for yourself/family. I love the carnival lights and the whole process.
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I do fake now. When I was a kid for years we went and got a real one.

I can't take anything away from the smell and tradition of a real tree--BUT--I have a dog that is the K9 equivilant of Dennis The Menace...and also I have more then 1 tree and they both come out pretty early.

It seemed it was just a bit easier have an artificial tree.
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Never had a real tree in my forty years of Christmas, but we always light the incense that smells like pine. The one that you set in the little log cabin. I actually dig that incense so much I light it throughout the year. As far as our fake tree goes, I think my wife is dying for a white Christmas tree. Not sure how I feel about that yet, but I've often heard "happy wife, happy life"...
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I am torn!!! When I was very little, we'd go out and pick a tree and cut it. Then my dad started buying a living tree. Then we had to go to artificial because my brother was highly allergic to live trees. We were able to put them up at Thanksgiving, they didn't dry out, no mess. My husband has always had live trees and for the past 16 years, we've had live. I love taking the kids, dogs and now elves to pick out a tree. I love the smell of a Frasier Fir!! But I hate the mess and I always worry about a fire.
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