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View Poll Results: Do you put up a real Christmas Tree or an artificial one?
Real Tree 92 46.46%
Artificial Tree 84 42.42%
Neither or Other 22 11.11%
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#61 of 85 Old 10-09-2007, 10:43 AM
 
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Real Tree.....it smells no nice. It also make a nice tradition for the kids. We pick it out, chop it down, bring it home (singing christmas songs in the car, like that movie), set it up, etc. Sometimes it's the things like this that make you overlook the other things.

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we have had real trees in the past but, i personally think the shedding and the watering are a hassle. I got a artificial tree that is prelit on sale a few years back and we use it and store it in the attic during the off season
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We had a fake tree for years, but my cats just decided to start peeing on it while it was stored in the basement. So I think we will do real trees from now on, even though we are all allergic to them.

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Artificial one we got out of someone else's trash :

We are on year 4 or so I think.

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I have wire ornament trees. My ornaments don't get lost in the foliage.
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We have a potted Norfolk pine inside all year... it is really small and cute. I found tiny little simple balls to put on it and we wrap a string of mini lights around the base of the pot. It is cute! Sometimes I put it on a table with a nice cloth and maybe some cut holly and pinecones around the base. I love our little tree! There is some other plant happily growing in there with it that trails all around the base! It was a nice 15 dollar investment 5 or so years ago!

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We have a fake one, I have a pine allergy which is really annoying since I love the smell of pine.
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Fake tree again this year, I have to buy one though. (Left our tree behind when we moved, and borrowed a fake tree last year) Dh should be able to come home for the holidays, and he's severely allergic to pine, otherwise I'd love to have a real tree, I miss the pine smell.
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We've done both real and artificial. I like real ones the best. I hate cleaning up after it though. This year I'm not sure what we are doing. My ds is 1yo and into everything so I know he'd pull ornaments and lights off it. Maybe one of the rosemary trees on the dining room table.
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Fake. My son has allergies and pine makes him miserable.
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As a child, we had real.

The last time, it was real and potted, and we planted it in our backyard at the end of the season.

I had a real tree as an adult.... I found out I was allergic.

If I have a tree again (as in, if we have room and if we decide it is a holiday we see any point in celebrating in any way) it will be artificial.

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We always had a real tree when we were in hawaii. Now that we have dd2 we have an artificial tree. This will be the 3rd year to have it up. I do miss having a real tree, but she has severe asthma and pine trees agitate her allergies. Not having to give her a breathing treatment is more important that having a real tree. we are looking into other options because i am worried about the lead in the lights and tree itself.
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We've always had a real tree. It's kind of hard to avoid because my FIL works in the tree farming business. But god, it makes such a mess, and dries out so quick (and yes, of course we keep it watered! And I've tried all kinds of supposed tricks... sugar in the water, bleach in the water, cutting it just so, etc...) And it just seems kind of weird to make such a fuss over a dying tree. I'm not a big fan of commercial farming anyway -- I live in the midst of farm country and the pesticides they use are awful. I wish desperately we could afford to move right now, I worry about what it's doing to our health.

I keep lobbying for not having a tree at all, but I have to admit I am partial to retro-look trees right now, for instance: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluecoat/305154942/
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We did real for years. Two years ago we were given a very nice fake tree and have been doing that since. DH was gone one Xmas and me strapping the real tree to my car and then dragging it in the house by myself with all three kids in tow I just didn't want to do. So I said I wasn't going to have a tree and someone gave me this one. I like it so I have been using it since.
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I live in Florida so its kind of the rule to have icky fake stuff. LOL j/k But we do use a fake tree. Someday we will get a real one. I always had real growing up in NY and it smelled sooooo good but then again I would have to deal with the sap and the watering and the needles and I am kind of paranoid about fires so maybe I wont.
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Real every year! Although I am not opposed to faux trees as decorations around the house (like smaller ones, maybe). We just have to have the real thing in the house at Christmastime.
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Always real. I have always wanted to get one that was "replantable". For now though, we are content with replanting another one in it's honor. :

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largely because i am allergic to pines... but we love it!

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i loved our tree last year. it was a potted rosemary plant that was clipped to the shape of a christmas tree. it was about 2 1/2 feet tall, and i found miniature ornaments and lights to put on it, it was totally adorable. after the holidays we put it out on the patio so we had sprigs of fresh rosemary for months. and it smelled wonderful.

i don't like the cutting of beautiful live trees, and artificial trees concern me due to the materials (many of them have lead) and non-biodegradability.
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I'm sure others have mentioned it, but I like a real but not cut tree. Then we can plant it in the yard afterwards. We keep it on the porch until right before the holiday, bring it in for a few days, then back on the porch to acclimate, then transplant a few weeks later.
My parents did this with their first tree, and by the time I was old enough to ask, it was taller than the house. It took me a long time to be convinced that that giant tree had once been decorated inside the living room!

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For those who do a rosemary tree, do you leave it in the house undecorated for the rest of the year? Do you leave it in a pot and move it outside?

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For me the only way to celebrate the holidays is with the fresh, pine smelling, beauty of a natual REAL tree. Good for farmers, good for recycling and the earth (as compost and mulch), toxin free, and something that won't take a bazillon years to biodegrate in our landfills! Can't beat that! Even if a fake tree last you 50 years it will always take much, MUCH longer to biodegrate than a 50 real tree.

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We have an artificial tree, mainly because it was a hand-me-down, and we don't want to throw it in the garbage. So we keep it. There's nothing wrong with it (except a few droopy limbs that need re-positioning throughout the season), so I don't see any reason to get rid of it. Maybe when it completely falls apart, we'll re-evaluate our tree issue.

I always had guilt about using real trees. Like I was murdering a living thing just so I could dress it up, stick it in my house for a few weeks, then throw it in the garbage. It felt wrong, somehow. But I'm just weird, I know.
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I am allergic to real Christmas trees. Such to the point where I can not even go to someone's house if they have a real tree, because I get so sick.

We have a tiny little artifical tree instead. I think it is like, 2 feet maybe. I am not in to huge decorations so for now that suits me.

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fake.
real trees being throw on people's front yards for the heavy trash day on Jan 2nd make me so sad.

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We do a real one if we're having family over or will be home for the holidays, but put up a fake one if we'll be out of town or are really busy. It's a hand me down fake one at least and has lasted for a long time. As long as you aren't buying a new fake one every year, the waste factor seems relatively low. The real ones get picked up by the city and mulched. They're usually grown especially for use as christmas trees by tree farms, so it's not really wasteful or bad for the environment, right? And people will use the mulch.

If your city doesn't pick them up, check the paper for tree recycling drop off locations. I live in a big city though, so that may not be available in your area.
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