Do you buy a live Christmas tree or a cut one?

@mentalward (14695)
United States
December 2, 2008 5:07am CST
Obviously, not everyone has a Christmas tree because they don't celebrate Christmas. This discussion is for those who do. When you buy a tree, do you prefer the cut ones? If so, do you buy one already cut or do you go to a tree farm where you cut your own? Have you or would you consider buying a live tree? I'm thinking of doing that this year. We have the room and I have already planted several evergreens for privacy. We live in what I call a "fishbowl" because the shared private road we live on goes right through our property and we really have no privacy. So, that's why I'm thinking of a live tree this year. I will plant it after Christmas in a spot where it will give us some privacy. I like the idea, actually, for more than just the fact that it will provide us privacy; I like it because trees are living things and it's a shame to cut a tree just to use for a few weeks. What are you doing this year and what is your reason for it?
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• United States
2 Dec 08
I have always had an artificial tree. For one reason. Real trees are toxic to cats and I have always had a cat. He is 4 now, and usually stays away from it. I just dont want to kill a real tree. They give us oxygen. I don't think I could ever do that. Besides, they are a lot of work to keep fresh, ect ..
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
2 Dec 08
That's the best reason I can think of (for me) to get a live tree. I've planted lots of trees in my life. I feel like I'm giving something back after hearing about the devastation of the rain forests. We bought 3 acres of land last year with only about a third of it being wooded. The rest is, or was, completely cleared out. It's just too plain and gets so hot in the summer! So, I've been planting fruit trees around, plus planting evergreens around the perimeter of our property. The tree we buy this year will be going where the other evergreens have gone... around the perimeter. I might just do this every year until we're completely surrounded by pine trees! I had an artificial one when my kids were living with me because my youngest was severely allergic to evergreens. He's since had 5 years of allergy shots so he's no longer allergic. My husband loves real trees so we're compromising... buying a live one to plant outside once Christmas is over.
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• Canada
2 Dec 08
My family just uses a fake Christmas tree.My grand mother is allergic to the real ones so we are unable to get one,and hey without family it isn't much of Christmas now is it :)
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
2 Dec 08
My youngest son had the same problem, Xero. When he was 4 I had to buy an artificial tree because that was one of the many things he was allergic to. That was fine with me! No tree to buy each year, no pine needles on the floor to deal with, and no shelling out that money each year for a new tree! But, my husband wants a real tree now. My son had 5 years worth of allergy shots so now he's healthier than I am! LOL I agree wholeheartedly with your reasoning for having a fake tree! If my grandmother was allergic, or even if my son was still allergic, I'd have a fake tree. It just wouldn't make sense to put something like a real tree above the comfort of our own family!
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• Philippines
2 Dec 08
Hi mentalward.. I always wish of havin a real christmas tree since I grow up in a very warm country wherein its impossible to plant and grow one. I remember that my Mom way back in the pHilippines always make a very special Christmas tree. Its either made of soap bubbles, cellophanes, colored plastic papers and watever things she can think of. What makes our Christmas tree very special is the labor of love on how those tress bein made by Mom for several days. When I arrived here in DK and first experienced the Christmas last year, I was so mesmerized when I saw a very huge real Christmas Tree. I even touched it and just like a child go merry round by it together with friends. Though the Christmas trees here in Denmark are real, I cannot exchange the joy Christmas brings while celebrating it together with my family.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Oh, that's lovely, jhoannejoj! What a beautiful memory! I would give anything to have one such as yours to remember back on. That tree your mom made had more significance than any real or store-bought tree could ever have! I would have loved to have been there to see you experiencing your first real tree, though. To be able to experience that kind of awe in our adulthood is so very rare! Enjoy your next one!
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• Canada
2 Dec 08
usually buy a cut one. always so busy to actually get out and get to an actual tree farm even tho there are tons of them out where i live. it would for sure be all that much more fun going to the farm and picking out a tree.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I agree! I used to do that before I was married with kids. They're so much fresher when you cut them down yourself. Getting a cut tree right now would be kinda nice because there are so many to choose from. I doubt the selection will be there next week, though. I guess hubby and I should get out and buy that live tree soon, too. As far as I've seen, there's only one nursery selling them around here!
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
2 Dec 08
I haven't had a christmas tree since my son was six, in fact I just wrote an article about it. The cats were always pulling it down so we decided not to have one anymore.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Cats can be real pests with Christmas trees! I remember a cat we had when I was young who would climb up the trunk to the very middle of the thing! It was impossible to get him out of there! He knocked the tree over one year! After that, my mother would always tie a heavy string around the middle of it and attached it to the wall on both sides. I can still see that string! LOL Of course, all the cats I've had since then would play with the ornaments hanging near the bottom until they fell off the tree and broke. I started leaving the bottom of the tree bare. It helped... some.
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I do celebrate Christmas, but I am not going to put up a tree, I haven't put one up in years. I had an artificial tree and it was old and worn out so I threw it away. I have seen some beautiful artificial trees that I would like to buy just haven't done it. I really don't have anywhere to store anything I need to get me a storage shed. As for live Christmas tree, they are nice just hard to maintain doing the holiday seasons. If you do decide to get your cut Christmas tree I would like to see a picture of it.
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@Nhey16 (2519)
• Philippines
2 Dec 08
that would be so nice, to have a live Christmas tree. Here in our place, we can only have plastic Christmas trees unless I have a big yard where to put it, and another thing, I'm not sure if there are live trees that I could buy to make it as Christmas tree...
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I've seen them for sale around here for years but always thought that it would be too much trouble trying to keep them alive so I never even considered buying one until this year. We have the room now to plant one outside, actually we could plant a lot of them outside! We want to have some privacy on our property which we really don't have right now. The private road we share with a few other families runs right through our property! So, by buying a live tree, I'll be accomplishing a lot of things. Also, hopefully, not too many of the needles will fall off inside! LOL I hate picking them up or, worse, stepping on them in bare feet! I had an artificial tree for about 15 years and loved it! No needles to clean up, no freezing my buns off to go out and pick out just the right one, no handing someone a large amount of money each year for something we'll just be throwing away, anyway... yeah, I loved my artificial tree! But, my hubby loves real ones, so... I always try to do things that he'll like because he really works hard for both of us. I love to see him smile.
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I am just using an artificial tree and its about 6 feet tall. I dont mind the artificial, I just cant put a bigger one because there is no room....I have only had this tree for 3 years so it will last awhile yet.Merry Christmas to you and yours!
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Thank you so much, ea! Merry Christmas to you and yours as well! I had an artificial one for around 15 years. My son was about 4 years old when we found out that he was extremely allergic to evergreens so I had to buy an artificial tree. I loved it, personally! No pine needles to pick up or clog the vaccuum cleaner, no freezing our buns off going out to pick out a real tree, no hauling it outside once it was time to take down the decorations, and no shelling out all that money each year for a new tree! But, hubby loves real trees. This will be our 4th Christmas together and I just haven't liked all that goes with a real tree. We're buying a live one this year and only keeping it in the house for a week or so. It shouldn't dry out by then and I'll be planting it outside where it will give us more privacy here. Enjoy your tree and everything that goes along with it!
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@jesbellaine (4157)
• Philippines
2 Dec 08
Hi There.. Nope, we really don't buy live Christmas tree here.. my parents used to buy cut ones when we were little.. but now, we have this big fancy Christmas tree that we bought few years ago... And we use this every christmas and decorate it. Cheers!
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I had an artificial one for years myself. My youngest son was diagnosed with allergies when he was about 4 years old and one of them was from evergreen trees. So, I had to buy an artificial tree. They have two very good qualities... you don't have to go out and freeze your buns off then lug the thing home each year, nor do you have to shell out all that money for a real tree! Those things are expensive! Oh! And you don't have the problem with pine needles all over your house after the holidays! LOL
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
2 Dec 08
The last few years we have done an artificial tree. In past years we have had one that has been cut. We have several hundred trees on our property, so cutting down just one would not hurt anything really, but they are not your typical Christmas trees. We have mostly pine trees, but they are not sturdy enough to hold decorations.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Your pine trees sound like my pine trees. They're all kind of skimpy. Well, we do have one growing beside our house that's really full and thick. I put lights on it but I'm not about to cut it down and bring in inside! I had an artificial tree almost the entire time my youngest son lived with me. We found out when he was about 4 years old that he was allergic to practically everything, including evergreen trees. So, I had to stop buying the real ones and get an artificial one. Actually, it was much more convenient because it was always there. You didn't have to go freezing your buns off to buy a real one every year, nor did you have to spend that money each year! Real trees are expensive! My husband loves real trees so I got rid of the artificial one. I'm going to insist on a live tree from now on, though. We have the room to plant them after Christmas and, if we're going to spend that much money on a tree each year, we should have something that will live awhile!
• Norway
2 Dec 08
We dont have real christmas trees in the philippines since it only grows in cold places. We have one place in the philippines where they grow christamas trees or pine trees, and buying it from there would be very impractical. So most of the household, buy those plastic christmas trees.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Those are fine, too! Some of them look like the real thing until you get up real close to them. I've seen a lot of fake palm trees with lights on them, too. I don't know exactly when that trend started but I think it looks pretty cool.
• United States
5 Dec 08
well if i did do a xmas tree i wouldnt cut it because i just couldnt bring myself to kill a tree.. and im allergic to everything so bringing in the forest would prob be a bad thing haha
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
4 Dec 08
If you do get a live tree, don't expect it go go happily from your nice warm house to the cold outside, you have to aclimate it to the change in temps, maybe even keep it mostly inside for the winter and plant it after it warms up in the spring. I know someone here in Texas that used the live tree, then moved it to her inclosed porch where it was warmer than outside, but not so much in her way and still cooler than the house. Then in March they planted it. I honestly don't know how it did, never asked, but if that's what they advise in TEXAS how much more so in parts of the country that are so much colder!
@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
3 Dec 08
Well, the only christmas tress I ever saw are the plastic ones. The ones where you can fold up and keep when you are done with them. Where I am, christmas trees are rare. To even think about seeing one growing from the ground is remote. Not to mention about cutting one down for decoration at home.