Fresh Christmas Trees

United States
December 7, 2010 7:02am CST
I was noticing some ads in the paper today for places to get a fresh Christmas tree. Many of them do let you cut them down yourself. I guess they don't just do that in the movies huh? That would be a nice tradition though to take the whole family or part of the family out every year to pick and chop down this years Christmas tree. We've only had a real tree once and I think that was enough as the following year I remember running out to get an atrificial tree. I don't recall if it was all the pine needles or trying to get under there to water the darn thing. If you get a fresh tree do you cut it yourself at a tree farm? or do you buy it off a tree lot already cut?
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22 responses
• United States
7 Dec 10
I suppose everyone has their opinion but I am one who likes real trees. I normally buy them pre cut and cannot imagine cutting it myself. I suppose I could learn but why there are so many in almost every corner of my neighborhood. LOL I suppose experience on how to do cut them down would be important.
• United Arab Emirates
8 Dec 10
yes,,,me too i want to experience on how to cut the real tree,, i buy only the artificial tree,, i hope and i wish to experience that cutting the real tree someday,,
@hushi22 (4940)
7 Dec 10
hmmm... if i will have one i think i would prefer to buy an already cut one because it wont give me a hassle.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
7 Dec 10
We have tried all these types of trees and the very best one for me was the fresh cut tree that we went to the mountians to cut. It smelled so beautiful for so long even if it was misshaped.
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• United States
7 Dec 10
My daughter goes for the fresh tree and yes they go out and cut their tree. We have artifical ones although growing up we always had a real tree. One year, because of the lack of $$ we even went into our woods and cut a 'shurb pine', very small and EXTREMEMLY prickly! But it was FREE!!! Besides the mess of the needles and having to water it and it drying out, over the years I have become extrememly allergic to the trees! The last few years this has gotten so bad that I almost can NOT put up an artificial one! I break out from touching the pine needles!!! One year my daughter decided to freshen our artificial tree and soaked it in the bath tub with PineSol...well we had a clean tree...wow, did I break out from it!!! This year, we are not putting up a tree. We will have all of our dinners at my daughters so its only hubby and I and I've decided that I don't want to mess with it, and it will make him happy!
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@GardenGerty (102593)
• United States
7 Dec 10
We have gone a few times and cut our own, it is a lot of fun, as the experience is more than just go find a saw and cut a tree. The place we go has a maze for kids, shows you how they make wreaths and has a gift shop and hot cider. About the only other way to get a real tree is to go to the grocery or Wal Mart and get one, and you do not know how really fresh they are. With your kids older you might enjoy getting the real tree. There is also an option of buying a tree that you go out and plant after the holiday. You get those at a garden center.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
7 Dec 10
Growing up we had real trees in the U.K. but out here I use an artificial one for convenience. There is one place that grows firs but they are too expensive and several hours drive from where I live. I am good with what I have and it looks good and has pine cones on it so I am satisfied. When we lived on the farm we used to cut the top of a sort of pine tree and this was our Christmas tree.
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
7 Dec 10
we did that one year. we went out to a tree farm and cut our own. it was really nice, but sorta pricey.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
7 Dec 10
I don't have a tree, and even if I did, it sure wouldn't be a fresh one, they make me sick!
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@dragon54u (31637)
• United States
7 Dec 10
If I did get a real tree I would cut it myself. Those trees you see pre-cut on lots are often cut (murdered) as far back as October! They are dry and dangerous. I quit using real trees in my 20's when I realized that it was barbaric to kill a beautiful tree and put its corpse in your house, draped in decorations as a celebration of life! Then, when I had kids, I was scared of the fire danger. I had known a woman who lost a grandson in a fire started by a Christmas tree and her daughter still, after all those years, remembered his screams as the firefighters held her back from running into the house. Just hearing that story made me vow to never have a real tree.
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@buggles64 (2715)
• United States
7 Dec 10
I haven't had a real tree in a very long time. My family and I had some property (28 acres) and we had a few pine trees of our ow, so we were able to cut a Christmas tree off our own land for six years. Previously, we bought our trees from vendors in the town that we live in. For the past 10 years, I have had an artificial tree. It really is a lot of fun to go and pick your own tree from a tree farm/ or hunting for one on your own property :)
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
5 Jul 11
Unless it was when I was too young to remember, I have never had a real Christmas Tree. I do want to get one one year, as I think it'd be interesting and fun experience. I don't think I'd do it every year though as I know they can be a hassle to maintain. I also would feel like the decorating would have to be rushed until almost the end of Decemeber as I wouldn't want to maintain the tree all month, plus I'd want to try to get a good deal on it since the gift buying is more imporant in my opinion. I do like how they're doing the artificial trees now, they spin around which I think is very neat.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
9 Dec 10
It has been about 22 years since anyone in my immediate family has had a real Christmas tree because of the fact that my little sister is allergic to pine. However, before we had to make the change to an artificial Christmas tree, I remember our family always went to the Christmas tree lot that they set up just a few blocks away from our house. We never cut down our own tree because that just wasn't an option around where we lived. I think it would be pretty neat though.
@gdesjardin (1938)
• United States
9 Dec 10
Yes every year we cut down a fresh tree. My grandfather used to own a tree nursery, and my grandfather always used to tell us never to buy a tree cut down at a tree lot because those trees were cut down in August and September and they could be unsafe. Every year we would cut down a fresh tree and of course when I got older and married we carried on the tradition of my family. I remember when I was first married, my husband insisted that the trees in a lot were just as fresh...I thought my father was going to have a heart attack. My dad went on and on about those trees are too dry and can be very dangerous if they catch fire. (My dad is very much into safety first). Anyways, we ended up cutting down our tree that first Christmas together we cut it down much earlier right after Thanksgiving. After Christmas my dad wanted us (more my husband) to know the danger of Christmas trees and he made us drag our tree out to the back of our property and he told us to let it sit there for a few weeks. My husband thought it was crazy, but in an attempt to please his FIL he did what he asked. Two weeks later (this was almost the end of January by now), my dad came over and told the hubby to light the tree on fire. My husband did, and with shock to both of us, that tree went up in flames within minutes! Needless to say, we cut our tree down fresh each year the second week in December, and get rid of it my the first week in January. The freshly cut trees smell so wonderful and stronger than the already cut lot trees.
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
9 Dec 10
I used to get a real tree, but I got tired of all the mess the needles make. We cut our own tree once, but it kept falling over, and it had some sort of insects in it. Then I got an artifical tree. Now I have a fiber optic tree. Every year, as I age the tree gets smaller and smaller. Some years, I don't want to put one up at all. I had to rearrange the furniture, to be able to use a walker, and the tree has to be in the DR now. I don't see it that much anyway, so I figure why bother? My friend insists I should put one up, and she does it for me.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Dec 10
Mostly it's already cut, once R took the kids and they cut one (not a fart lol). We're not that far from an area that lets you do that, so maybe we'll do that again this year...
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
8 Dec 10
Hmm... is this possible? I cannot imagine it. But again, it might be possible provided the trees are not too tall for the house. Besides, how is one to maintain its life? I doubt I will get a fresh tree since I might have more problems keeping it alive.
@Jennlk84 (4219)
• United States
8 Dec 10
I have never had a real Christmas tree. I helped my husband's parents get a real Christmas tree one year and that was it. I always thought I wanted a fake tree because it was what I grew up with and because I could keep it up longer then and wouldn't have the mess of the needles. Now that I've seen some real trees at friend's houses, I think I may like to have one someday. They're so beautiful and smell great!
@Nadinest1 (2040)
• Canada
8 Dec 10
We used to have real trees for years and we would go to the local store. The tree farm guy would cut the trees and have them at the local stores for people to buy. Our tree never seemed to get watered, it would be a mess bringing the tree in and en even worse mess taking the tree out again...we decided on artificial. It was my husband who wanted to hold on to the real tree tradition the most....finally convinced him artificial would be easier. Now, the tree stands in the basement with a tree bag over it all year....we take off the bag, hauls it upstairs, throw on sone balls and decorations and she's ready to go for another Christmas. See how easy that it.
@SilverKing (1023)
• Canada
8 Dec 10
We get our tree from a local convenience store in town.They cut the trees from a lot I guess and sell them two weeks before Christmas to make sure that they are relatively healthy and green.We love the natural tree as it has that nice pine smell and it is just nice and old fashioned to have a real actual tree rather then an artificial one.I can see why people would buy an artificial one as it saves money and can be reused but we don't really care for then yet as we always have gone for the real one.My grandparents though have an artificial one as they are getting old and it saves then going out and getting a tree and getting it through the door of the house.It just pieces together quickly and does save the the hassle to of disposing of a real tree which is a pain afterwords.
• Singapore
8 Dec 10
If I need a Christmas Tree,I would buy a manmade tree and use it for several years.