Do you prefer a Real or Fake Christmas Tree?

@badkat83 (1621)
United States
November 21, 2007 5:42am CST
I have been trying to decide whether to get a fake tree this year. I have always gone out and cut down a fresh christmas tree. But it is getting harder to go out and get one because my husband is always busy. So I have to wait. I am thinking of getting a fake one, but it just won't be the same. Of course I won't have any mess with the needles, but I will miss the smell. I could get air fresheners that smell like pine? What are your thoughts and what kind of tree do you like.
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20 responses
• United States
21 Nov 07
I dont keep a tree..I have cats..who would quickly help me dismantle 24 days to sooN:)
@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
25 Nov 07
cats are so nosy. as soon as i bring mine in they sit underneath is for hours, chasing each other. it is so funny.
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• United States
30 Nov 07
Knowing my cat, Missy, if I put up a tree she would be up the tree and it wouldnt be long before the tree and Missy would both be down..I would love a tree..but I dont know of any that can withstand the antics of rowdy cats..I have two who run up and down the house and high speeds..
@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
1 Dec 07
i love cats. last night my cat decided he wanted to play so wherever i went he flew past me at 100 miles an hour. this went on for 1/2 hour. he is funny. then he stalks my other girl kitty. if i say to him get her, he runs and jumps on her back and she screams. he doesnt hurt her. i should video it some day.
@qradav (154)
• Philippines
21 Nov 07
I live in a tropical country so we don't have real ones so I guess I will prefer the fake since its the thing I'm used to. Would be good to get a real one though. From the responses I have seen here, a real one sounds really good
@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
21 Nov 07
put up a tropical one. i have heard of people putting up palm trees for christmas trees. what the heck.
@qradav (154)
• Philippines
21 Nov 07
palm trees as christmas trees? what place did people do that? the palm trees here are huge hehehe
@garnet80 (354)
• Australia
22 Nov 07
I have a fake Christmes tree,but for a few years I have been looking at buying a real one that I can leave outside so it can grow and I can decorate it every year. Pretty greedy I guess lol but at least by having the real tree outside others can enjoy it.
@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
25 Nov 07
my friend buys one every year like that. she keeps it wrapped in burlap and then plants it. good for the environment.
@imadriscoll (2230)
• United States
21 Nov 07
Being a mother of a 4, 3, and 2 year old and being 6 months pregnant I'll do anything to simplifly life and for that reason we have an artifical tree. To make up for the smell I usually have scented pinecones. I don't think that I would recommend using the pine air freshners!!
@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
25 Nov 07
thanks, sounds like you will be busy (busier) very shortly. happy holidays.
• United States
21 Nov 07
I have a fake one. My cats love to climb and eat on trees and I know some forms of pine trees can be toxic to cats. Plus if they climb it and break a branch, it's easy to pop back in place. If I had a real one, it'd be a stump when they got done destroying it.
@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
25 Nov 07
i have never heard of pine being toxic, i will have to check into that. i have always had a pine and my cats are eaters. they eat the fake ones too. : )
21 Nov 07
I've always had a real tree, and no matter how tight my budget, will always get one. Just another one of the things that makes christmas special to me so if it makes christmas better, i'd say get the tree! And force your husband to come with you C;
@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
25 Nov 07
well my husband has been away and will be home soon, and the weather is going to be ok, so i think today is the day.
@anup12 (4180)
• India
21 Nov 07
I think real christmas tree gives us a lot of happiness and joy and warmth.
@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
25 Nov 07
i agree, everyone is happy when they sit and look at their tree.
21 Nov 07
It just doesn't feel like Christmas unless there is a real tree. The past 2 years we had no tree at all due to our puppy. Well, hubby sold my husky so we will have a real tree this year. I just don't like the fake ones. Ok, there is no mess, but isn't that part of the fun? I love the smell of the real ones.
@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
21 Nov 07
too bad for your puppy that is sad. i just responded a minute ago and said i have made a decision and........ real it is.
@diillu (5128)
21 Nov 07
I know Real Christmas tree has alot to do with christmas. The freshness and moreover the reality. But for me I would like to get a big fake christmas tree. And I would like to decorate it on my own. This christmas tree I can always keep inside my room and the most important part is it can remain as long as I want to keep it. And the most other important part is I can use it anytime again.
@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
21 Nov 07
that is what i tried to tell my son this morning when he freaked out i was thinking of putting up a fake one. you can keep it up as long as you want. if i had a fake one i would probably keep it up until summer as the best part is sitting in the dark looking at the lights.
• United States
21 Nov 07
I've never had a real tree in 31 (I'll be 31 in December) years. Our artificial tree is very special to me. The original one we had was bought the day after I was born. I was sick and in the hospital and my mom was very depressed that she would be going home without me so my dad went out, bought the tree and had it set up and decorated when she got home. I got out of the hospital a couple days before Christmas. Every Christmas since then (until I was 19) my mom set the tree up the day after my birthday as a reminder. It was a nice, full tree to start with--not one of those cheap, fake looking ones. It eventually fell apart. I was sad my dad didn't wait just one year to get a new one, but 19 years isn't too bad for a tree. The one we have now is 100 times easier to put together. The old one you had to insert each individual branch into the trunk. Our new one (haha, new--it is 12 years old now) the top part is already together and the bottom branches hook to the center at the top and just lay on this round frame attached to the bottom. It is very pretty but pretty big.
@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
21 Nov 07
well that is a nice story. see everyone has their own special tradition. i should stick with the real tree.
@fanji008 (782)
• China
21 Nov 07
Hi,there! I would prefer a real Christmas tree cause it gives me the feeling that it's fresh and new.I like real things and it's more alive. It's wonderful to put things in it to decorate it. The fake tree also has the good side.You can use it next year:) Anyway,I prefer the real one. Hopefully you'll get the one you want. Best wishes for Christmas,then it's a little bit early,I still wanna send out my best regards^_^ Have a nice day!
@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
21 Nov 07
well thank you, you have a great holiday season too.
@joshboz (1214)
• Australia
21 Nov 07
i prefer a fake christmas tree because i can always use it every year and every christmas. the real christmas tree is nice too but like all real organic material it decays after some period and must be dispose after it was used. good day.
@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
21 Nov 07
we usually have a christmas tree burning day. we wait till it snows and go out and have a fire. the tree is so dry that it makes a great fire.
@mistissa (1348)
• Netherlands
21 Nov 07
I prefer a fake one, you are so right about all the mess with needles. And I have 3 young children in the house, so I think it is better to have a fake one, so they don't hurt themselves. And actually I am allergic to certain trees and such, so in that case I also would not want a real one.
@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
21 Nov 07
i have family who are allergic too. i guess i am torn as it has always been a family tradition to go out and trudge through the woods to cut one down.
• United States
21 Nov 07
We always had a fake one, since I was little. Then a few years ago, we got real ones 2 years in a row...but the mess was just too much! Now we have 2 kitties and a puppy, in addition to a new baby, so not only would it take up too much time, but they're very dangerous for the animals, and I'm not willing to risk any of my babies' health for a pine smelling holiday! LOL! We have a fake, pre-lit one now that I add extra lights to, as well as our ornaments and such...it's nice, it's even "fiber optic" so it has normal xmas lights, and the "needles" light up and slowly change color. I think it's a lot prettier than any real one I've ever decorated lol...but I do still decorate our real pine trees outside.
@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
21 Nov 07
i just got a fiber optic one for my office. it is real pretty with the lights off. everytime one of my customers come in, i shut off the light to show them how pretty it is. i guess the other problem with a fake tree is i have 3 cats and they love to eat the fake ones. i just pulled something out of the closet with a tiny fake tree on it and there they were chomping away. thanks.
• United States
30 Nov 07
i've always had a fake tree. everyone in my family has a fake tree. i've never been around a real one for christmas. i think fake ones are really helpful. you don't have to worry about buying a new one every year and they last for a long time. plus you don't have to water it and worry about it drying out if you forget to water it. plus, a dry, real christmas tree could be a fire hazard with the lights and all. for me it's easier to just have a fake one. but, if you're into a traditional christmas, then real is a good choice. you just have to make sure you do a good up-keep on it and all.
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
24 Nov 07
Hi, badkat..with the exception of one year in my life as a kid, I've never had a fake tree. I just can't imagine Christmas without that real tree. I just love the way it smells up the whole place with that pine scent and it's kind of nice having a bit of a forest in an apartment even if it's just for a little while
@ymesako (21)
• Philippines
22 Nov 07
I would definitely love a real one but its very unlikely since I live in the Philippines so obviously we have a fake one at home.
• United States
22 Nov 07
Up until about 3 years ago we always had a fresh tree. We also went to the farm yearly and cut it down. The smell of a new tree is awesome and I miss that but besides that I am loving my fake tree. Real ones always has a bald spot that mus be hidden. Many times real ones also are lopsided and tend to fall Real ones catch on fire a lot easier then a fake one Real ones have to be watered and can dry out Fake ones are easy and it saves money. YOu can use it year after year and only have to pay once.
• Philippines
22 Nov 07
I'll definitely get a fake one that looks real. Out Christmas tree was just a dollar when we bought it and it looks really nice and real. And the good thing is that you can reuse it.
• Denmark
22 Nov 07
real xmas tree. it is the best and pretty's tree u can get :D