Which do you prefer, real or artificial Christmas tree?

@MarieJ23 (1041)
United States
December 6, 2007 8:25pm CST
It's already December and I am sure everyone has already put up there Christmas tree. Well, I am just curious here... Which Christmas tree would you prefer or do you have in the house, real or artificial? Why did you choose it? For us, we have an artificial Christmas tree in the house. I told hubby that if I am given the chance to choose I would prefer a real tree but he said he doesn't like it because when the needles fall it will make the carpet and rug messy and he doesn't like to water it everyday. How about you guys...
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@kwenge (2493)
• Kenya
7 Dec 07
When we were living with my parents, my late father always insisted on live christmas trees and live flowers, we could put some paper under it so that when the needles fall they can be removed. But now in my house i have artificial because i can keep it somewhere for another christmas compared to the live/real one tha dries up with time and it is expensive. Thanks Marie for your discussio. Where have you been?
@MarieJ23 (1041)
• United States
7 Dec 07
Hi friend! You gave me a good idea here as to how to deal with falling needles from the tree...anyway, I would certainly buy one live tree next year but I am planning to put it outside the house. Well, friend I was really busy these days..I am looking for a job right now since I got already my greencard and I usually used all my time browsing around the employment sites... I am happy to see you here again.... I also got hooked up with my blogs lately...Do you one my friend? well, in case you want to visit mine, here's the link http://www.mariesweetlullaby.blogspot.com and http://www.marie-buzzing.blogspot.com --- if you have a blog friend, just please leave it here so I can also visit there...
@kwenge (2493)
• Kenya
8 Dec 07
Thanks dear friend. I am very happy for you. I wish you luck in your job searching. Will visit your blog later. For me I dont have one, and i dont know how to make one of my own. Maybe you can help when you get time.
@balasri (26553)
• India
7 Dec 07
Christmas tree - How do they look?
I always prefer the real one.It has a soul and smell to it.
@MarieJ23 (1041)
• United States
7 Dec 07
I got you sir... same here...
• United States
7 Dec 07
Hi marie, I prefer to have a real tree. I've usually had a real tree at Christmas. Lately I have only put up a small artificial tree. It is only my husband and I so we don't do too much for Christmas except Christmas morning. We have a Christmas breakfast for our grown children and their children. The men cook and the women do the clean up. Anyway I would still prefer a real tree. It just smells better and seems more Christmas-sy. Maybe I will get my wish this year and put up a real tree. Happy posting..
@MarieJ23 (1041)
• United States
7 Dec 07
We watched the movie This Christmas and the activities that you usually do on Christmas morning remind me of what I saw there. Men and women have different assigned tasks...that's cute...anyway, we have the same concept on real Christmas tree... I also feel it's more real to have a real tree.... I hope your wish will be granted this year and mine next year...hehehe...Have a great day!
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
7 Dec 07
Hello I think that your hubby is right. When a real Christmas tree is placed inside the house, then it will be difficult to sweep the messy needles fallen on the carpet floor. So I would also prefer an artificial one. Thanks.
@MarieJ23 (1041)
• United States
7 Dec 07
yes sir... you and hubby are both right...thanks for dropping by...
@jovimom (1576)
• United States
7 Dec 07
We've always had an artificial tree ever since I was a kid. Though, my mom blew a fuse one year and never put a tree up again! She even threw all the ornaments away! To this day, she does not put up a christmas tree. We have a pre-lit tree(clear lights) and it's a 9 foot. We have vaulted ceilings in our living room, so it works out good.
@MarieJ23 (1041)
• United States
7 Dec 07
wow! 9 ft is very tall... I love tall Christmas tree..ours is not pre-lit but it's also around 6 ft tall... oh, i understand why your mom threw all those stuff... In my home country (Philippines), there are a lot of fire that are Christmas tree or lights related cases....
@pastorkayte (2255)
• United States
7 Dec 07
My husband loves his real tree tht he purchases every year but he doesnt have to clean up after it or water it everyday or smell the thing all day either. I hate Christmas trees period but I really hate the real ones
@MarieJ23 (1041)
• United States
7 Dec 07
On the contrary, I love Christmas tree especially when the decorations and lights are already put up...However, I do respect your opinion for not liking it...
@xboxboy (5578)
7 Dec 07
i would love a real tree but mum and dad say NO WAY! maybe when im older on my own i will cut a tree down! real trees rock!
@MarieJ23 (1041)
• United States
7 Dec 07
your right, just wait til you have your own place and by then you can put a real tree... next Christmas I am going to buy a real tree but I will put it outside of the house though... NOTE: Sorry, I posted this in the wrong category...
@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
17 Dec 07
Where I am from, the only kind of Christmas tree I have ever seen in the shops are the artificial ones. Buy one, open it up, decorate it, display it through Christmas, take out, keep, next year re-use. I have to see a real tree being used for display for Christmas. Now they come in a variety of colors. White ones to represent white Christmas. Green ones to represent the normal Christmas tree. Then there are the sparkling blue, red, green, silver... etc for decorative purposes. Recently, during one of my shopping trips, I even saw a black tree on sale for people to decorate for Christmas. I guess these black trees are for those with Gothic themes. I have never seen a black Christmas tree before. It would definitely be an interesting sight if I ever do come across one.
@peanutjar (5211)
• Canada
15 Dec 07
Hi Marie:) I prefer a real one but am stuck with an artificial one since im allergic to the needles of a real one a have an allergic reaction to them if i touch one with my skin:(I love their smell,but i have a real one outside thats here all year long and decorate it,but im wearing mittens when i do it because its cold outside and full of snow,so that way it doesnt bother me,haha!Pretty good eh?!Plus a real one looses its needles and needs water and is a mess to clean up after and drag outside leaving lots of needles behind.A fake one does not need water and looses no needls,all i do is buy a can of christmas tree spray which gives it a real tree smell:):)Or candles with the smell of one. Peanutjar:)
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
9 Dec 07
I didn't know that Christmas Trees were edible or cookable =P But it is a nice break to have a non-related topic in this area. lol. I much prefer a real tree, although I haven't had one for about 3 years now. They just look and smell a lot better.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
8 Dec 07
I love the look and aroma of a real tree! Just beautiful. But... $50 or more for something that will die in just days - bit more than i can afford. Plus the dry needles and the mess of havig to keep it watered and moist and picking up the needles and then the mess when taking it down... I just can't see the point. Plus, I did have a real tree once, few years ago and my husband made such a HUGE MAJOR nag session about fire hazard possibilities - constantly nagging me "did you water it", "did you pick up those needles? Have you spritzed it yet? Are you watching those lights don't get to hot? How long have those lights been on, you need to turn them off" and on and on that I couldn't take another 10 days of that! Ruins Christmas spirit! Plus, did he do any of those things? of course not, justnagged me to do it! So, I have to stick with an artifical one. They are pretty nice these days anyway, so it satisfys on all counts
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
7 Dec 07
Hi Marie growing up we always had a real tree. But it was so messy. My husband and I have had a fake tree now for about 8 years and I love. I get those smelly air plug in or candles and it smell just like a real tree in the house.
@cdv102 (132)
• United States
7 Dec 07
I know real trees aren't exactly practical since you only use it for about a month, and they can be a mess, and fake trees are cheaper, but I love getting a real tree all the same. There's nothing like that fresh tree smell in the house. Plus I don't have to store it in my house all year. For somebody with limited closet space, storing a fake tree is kind of a hassle.
@palonghorn (5485)
• United States
7 Dec 07
We have a real tree, my boyfriend won't have an artificial tree, he says it's not Christmas without a real tree. So we went Dec 1st and got the tree, and yes, I water it every evening, but it's no big deal, and I try to get a noble fir or one similar to that. The needles are soft, and it doesn't loose it's needles. One of the best things to do is make sure you are getting a fresh tree. I usually close my hand around a branch and pull my hand down the branch, if no needles or only one or two end up in my hand then I know I'm getting a fresh tree. Of course living here in PA, that is not really an issue. We always had an artificial tree when I was younger, I was allergic to real ones, but I grew out of it. However, my parents, my sister, and my daughters have artificial trees, it's easier for my parents, and my sister and daughters will be going to my mom's for Christmas so they don't have to worry about leaving a real tree to dry out.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
7 Dec 07
If I had the money, I would have a ball root tree every year and plant it first chance I get. Since I don't, how about a little of both? We used to have an artificial tree, but the holes in the pole got worn out and the branches wouldn't hold up. So instead of buying another tree and to make ours look somewhat real, my husband went and cut down a small scrub evergreen and cut off the branches. He then drilled holes where the artificial branches would go and so we have a little of each and don't have to water it or put those round green things between the branches to hide the pole, because it is a real tree trunk..
@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
7 Dec 07
I prefer a real tree and actually have never had an artifical one. I know, that real trees are a lot more work with watering and the needles. But the smell is wonderful. But then I am also a real scrooge. I put up the real tree on Christmas Eve and take it down on New Year's day. For those few days it gives me pleasure and enjoyment but that is long enough for me. Merry Christmas to you!
@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
7 Dec 07
I love real trees, especially the smell of them. I think they just look prettier as well. Obviously, a fake one is easier to maintain though. We always have a fake tree at my house because we leave a few days before Christmas to go to my family. We don't get back until New Years. We have usually set our tree up by now but not this year. I am debating not setting it up at all. Why drag everything out and have to put it all back when we aren't even going to be here? My parent's house will be all decorated up, so maybe that will be enough. I haven't decided yet.
@tiffiny (872)
• United States
7 Dec 07
I love the way real trees make the whole house smells! But I don't like the sap that gets on the gifts or the needles. We have a fake tree (actually 2 now) just becuase you don't have to pay for it every year. Which is nice.
• Romania
7 Dec 07
A real tree is beautiful, I love the smell in the tree at Christmas but here our trees are very thin and poor on branches, color and aspect so we now use an artificial and i must admit it's better a fake one then a real one. The artificial one can be used every year and it doesn't make an mess. Not to mention that artificial is so designed to look better than a real one. While the real tree is beautiful but only for some weeks and the mess it makes kills the nerves out of you, not to mention that nature balanced is affected by cutting every year these beautiful living plants. It's better to have an artificial one, there are more advantages than from a real one. But if you still want a real one you can decorate it outside without cutting or damaging it. just plant one (if you can) in your front or back of your house and you'll have a real living Christmas tree that will last generations.
• United States
7 Dec 07
I prefer the artificial tree. The reason is I can reuse it each year and it is lighter and easy to carry. I don't want to water the tree either.