Christmas Trees

@jsitko (1169)
United States
December 3, 2008 11:03am CST
Do you put up an artificial tree or a real tree for Christmas? If it is a real tree, do you get it pre-cut or do you go to a farm or the woods to cut your own tree? Some people even buy the ones with the roots still on it and re plant it after the holiday. I remember going to a tree farm when I was a kid and my Dad cutting our tree down. When my brothers got older, they were handed the saw with great pride. I was handed the saw too with pride, but being the youngest of 6 and a girl it took many years for it to be my turn. We are all grown up and our parents are no longer with us, but some of us have carried that tradition on. I am much older now and my husband and I get a pre-cut tree, which we usually buy from the boy scouts tree lot in town. We are very choosey when it comes time for getting the "perfect tree". My husband loves to find the biggest one he can, I like to find the one with the best shape, stiff branches to hold all the ornaments and one that will fit in front of the picture window and not flow too far into the living area. Sometimes I have to talk him out of the biggest one and sometimes I lose that talk. We have a lot of fun though.
4 responses
• United States
3 Dec 08
The controlling, neat-freak in me prefers the artificial tree. Last year my husband talked me into getting a real tree and it was nice. The house was filled with that lovely smell, and it was kind of nice to just be able to throw the thing out when it was time to put up the decorations.
@jsitko (1169)
• United States
3 Dec 08
Hi LuvBrOwn, The ease of cleaning up after an artificial tree is very enticing. But you can never beat the smell and the looks of a real tree. Thanks for your response and I hope you and your family have a great holiday.
@deedeehall (1144)
• United States
3 Dec 08
wdoe always get a real tree i to love that smell .and yea ours is always pre cut .we dont really have any close tree farms
@jsitko (1169)
• United States
4 Dec 08
HI deedeehall, Thanks for your response. I love the smell of a fresh tree too. I will have a real tree as long as I can.
@LaurenInLA (2272)
• United States
3 Dec 08
Now that we're empty nesters and our family is too far away to visit often, we put up an artificial tree. I miss the scent of pine throughout the house but I don't miss the pine needles that it seemed like I was still vacuuming up in June. LOL. We were never able to cut down our own tree but that's a tradition that I would love to start once we have grandchildren. Have a wonderful holiday.
@jsitko (1169)
• United States
3 Dec 08
Hi LaurenInLa, I laughed when I read your response. I always say that one day I will have an artificial tree just because of the pine needles every where. They really spread through out the house and in the rugs. I am forever vacuuming them up and yes, sometimes still in June. I do love the fresh pine scent of the tree and at times I will go to the tree and rub on the branches so it will send the aroma into the air. Thank-You for your response. Hope you have a great holiday!
@baileycows (3669)
• United States
3 Dec 08
I always get a real tree. I just love the smell that it gives and it just seems so much more warm to me. I get a precut one. I used to have some land and my husband would go and chop one down, but we don't have the land anymore. So we just go buy one from a little stand. It is still great and my husband ALWAYS pick out a great tree.
@jsitko (1169)
• United States
3 Dec 08
Hi Bailycows, I love the smell of the tree also. I am not sure if I will ever have an artificial tree in my home. I even use the trimmings around the house as decoration and for it's scent. I am getting too old to get on the ground and cut one down but if one of my nieces or nephews would ever want to do it I would gladly let them. Thanks for your response and hope you have a wonderful holiday.