Comments: Paper or Plastic, Real or Fake... Choices, choices

I loooove my fake (pre-lit) tree! When I was a kid, we found out that my Brother was highly allergic to evergreen trees - we had been poisoning him every Christmas - forever!!! Oops! Artificial trees reigned from then on...

We are a fake tree family as well... It's all good. You can sit by me. :)

Posted by Richmond at December 18, 2007 10:36 PM

Artificial all the way! Pre-lit is even better.

If they had a tree that was pre-decorated with my ornaments, I would be on cloud nine!

Posted by Sissy at December 18, 2007 10:52 PM

Oh Sissy, but they do have those- I saw it in the SkyMall mag last time I was flying. I was laughing when I saw it wondering who would buy this...now I know.

Posted by Morrigan at December 19, 2007 08:35 AM

Fake tree all the way.

I believe cutting down a living tree so you can put it in your house for a couple weeks and then throw it away is a huge waste.

That is my environmental cause, using fake trees saves live trees.

Posted by Quality Weenie at December 19, 2007 08:41 AM

QW: Christmas trees are an industry and are grown expressly for that purpose... really! :)

We had a fake tree for years while I was growing up... you can imagine how nasty that thing was, since I'm so old... LOL! Maybe that raggedy thing soured me on fake trees.
I so hear you about saggage and rubbery tips... and the price is ridiculous... but... ;)

Posted by pam at December 19, 2007 08:47 AM

I'm with you on the fake tree. I can have mine up and decorated in half an hour.
BUT..it was originally a pre-lit tree. Last year, I cut off all the lights because 7 of the 9 strands did not work. Never again.

Posted by Raging Mom at December 19, 2007 11:29 AM

I like real trees. I love the smell, the look, everything.
Of course, I don't have a tree this year. I was due to go get one when we lost power....and now it is 6 days before Christmas so what's the point?

I think I will hang lights from the ceiling in a triangle shape and be done with it!

Posted by Rave at December 19, 2007 11:39 AM

Rave, when I was very young the corner of our tiny living room was bare on Christmas Eve, except for my wee chair that held Santa's snack. On Christmas morning I'd enter the room and have the most magical experience. A large sized, fresh cut Christmas tree, fully decorated and glowing stood in the corner. It took my breath away. It was so powerful that it was minutes before even noticing gifts. Only Santa could accomplish such magic. There's magic when you least expect it sometimes. (Glad you have power!)

Posted by m~ at December 19, 2007 01:10 PM

Growing up we couldn't have real trees as Mama is terribly allergic.

When I got married I couldn't depend on him to help with a real one.

Now, it's just so much easier doing the artificial. Plus....the one I have is so beautiful and so easy to put up it just wouldn't make sense to switch.....

Guess that makes me a "fakey"...

Posted by Tammi at December 19, 2007 02:19 PM

Real Tree all the way. I had a fake tree one year and hated it.

You're all fakers (some with bionic boobs). :)

Posted by Ogre at December 19, 2007 03:10 PM

Pam - ya I know that. We have tons of Christmas tree farms in Michigan.

Heck a couple years ago the White House tree came from Michigan.

Posted by Quality Weenie at December 19, 2007 03:25 PM

First I think you might need to get lighter ornaments. Wow!!

Second I think I saw the ugliest tree the other day. We were buying our real tree and they have a barn that you can go in and look at ornaments and things. I walked in and saw this bright yellow tree. Yes the tree itself was yellow with yellow lights and then they had it decorated with John Deere ornaments. I laughed so hard. In the process I turned around so that not everyone would see me laughing and that's when I saw IT! It was a bright purple tree (just like the yellow) with purple lights (both trees were prelit)they had decorated the entire tree with all those RED HATS. You know the ones that are some club (a senior club i think). I was so bad I cannot imagine anyone spending money on it. They were not cheap either.

Posted by Lukie at December 19, 2007 06:47 PM

I love the smells and memories of a real tree but I am also a fake (pre-lit) tree guy myself. I like to be able to stick the darn thing in a box down in the basement for next year.

One cool thing about real trees is dragging one from the pile in the back of the yard in June and setting it aflame. A very nice fireworks show indeed.

Posted by Richard at December 20, 2007 05:06 AM

I still have a silver tree from the late 60's/70's. It has the original color wheel that just spins like a top. It's in Little's room this year. So, yeah, we're not only fake, we're metallic!

Posted by Sugar Britches at December 20, 2007 03:37 PM