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Real Christmas Trees vs Fake Christmas Trees

Updated on December 12, 2011

A Debate on the Greenness of Fake Trees & Real Trees

Real Christmas Trees vs Fake Christmas Trees

Real Christmas trees have had a bad wrap for quite some time...but what goes around come around, and real Christmas trees are making a comeback! This doesn't mean you should toss away your old artificial tree. In fact, that's the last thing you should do!

It's hard to beat the convenience of buying a brand new cut Christmas tree for your home. It looks perfect and the smell fills the whole home. But with artificial trees, there's the benefit of not having to buy a tree every year, as well as lug it home or waste trees every year. What's your personal opinion on this controversial holiday issue? Tell us in the guestbook if you're for or against buying new or fake -- and why!

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Is the artificial tree truly greener, or just a bunch of hype?

Is the artificial tree truly greener, or just a bunch of hype?
Is the artificial tree truly greener, or just a bunch of hype?

To clarify things...

Cut Christmas Tree: A once living tree, cut and sold at Christmas tree lots everywhere. What we're all used to.

Live Christmas Trees: Still living trees, roots attached and all. Sometimes the roots are bundled, or the tree might be potted and ready to replant after Christmas.

Take our Poll About your Favorite Kind of Tree! - Vote for your favorite!

What kind of tree do you have for the holidays?

See results

Now it's your turn to weigh in! - Tell us which side you're on...fake trees or real?

Real Christmas Trees

Some pros: the invigorating smell, the convenience of not having to store the tree, the renewable nature of real trees, the appearance.

Some cons: the huge amount of waste, difficulty in disposal, pesticides used on some trees, pine needles and sap, pets eating them

Artificial Trees

Pros: Reusable year after year, conveniently stored away, only pay for it once in a lifetime, most are flame retardant

Cons: Very difficult to recycle, hard to clean, the lack of scent, the appearance compared to real Christmas trees

Now tell us what you think!

Which type is truly greener: real or artificial Christmas trees?

Real Christmas Trees are Greener!

Real Christmas Trees are Greener!

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I would say that a live tree would be greener as when Christmas is over, you can plant that tree in your yard, giving homes to birds and other wildlife.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Someone needs to reuse a fake tree for 20 years for it to be greener than a real tree.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i love real tree

      Nha sach

      Ve may bay

    • Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Real all the way of course.

    • daveframer lm 5 years ago

      I like the artificial Christmas tree for its convenience, and that I don't have to go buy a new one every year.

    • megabu717 5 years ago

      for me real, the smell of it makes them more green to me ;)

    • JackieSonia 5 years ago

      The real tree. You can't beat that. I love the smell and the feel of it. This year I had no choice but to have an artificial tree (my son's idea). it's okay, but I dearly miss the real thing. Next year, it will surely be the wonderful smell of pine in the living room with all the sticky pine needles all over the floor. A welcome sight (and smell)!!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

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    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I HATE CHRISTMAS because IM JEWISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      HO HO HO! I say real because we have a real christmas tree up in the North Pole,I chopped and decorated it myself!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Real trees are better than artificial trees! because you have the smeel of the tree going throughout the whole house

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      We have a real tree in the North Pole. I chopped it down myself and pulled it to my workshop to decorate. Ho! Ho! Ho!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Real Christmas trees are better. We have a real Christmas tree in the White House.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Real Christmas trees are better environmentally, but fake are better money wise. I have a fake tree due to allergies.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Real Christmas trees are better because it fills the house with a good smell, when they are thrown out many are dumped onto sand dunes, increasing the dunes size and helps promote wildlife. I've had a fake Christmas tree for 7 years due to allergies in the house, and it saves a lot of money through the years. I think their both good.

    • casquid 5 years ago

      I, once had an artificial christmas tree that was 20 times prettier than any real trea. The aroma of a real tree is the best in the world, but my fake tree was so beautiful (and extravagantly expensive, too). I love them both. Can't make up my mind for this year, yet.

    • fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      Real trees are better. They make the house smell wonderful.

    • BuddyBink 5 years ago

      Real is the only way to go. After Christmas it can be used as a haven for the birds to get out of the weather and then recycled in the compost bin.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I like a real Christmas tree.

    • anonymous 5 years ago


    No, the artificial trees are greener!

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      • ChristmasWithKids 4 years ago

        I think a live Christmas tree is the greenest - especially if you plant it, afterward. (Working up to this!) In second place would be a small artificial tree that you keep for umpteen years (Have this one now - it's been 6 years) ; )

        Great lens, and excellent food for thought!

      • LoneMeadowLark 5 years ago

        My son is allergic to practically everything. So it's the artificial tree for my family.

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      • anonymous 5 years ago

        i lovve christmas its full of love joy and you get to eat meals (sarcastic) wellchristmass is full of weird ppl and gay guys

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        In Pakistan we have fake For only $89.00 AL QUADEA!!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        christmas is for losers like you b****

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        i say christmas is full of hobknockers!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        isay i pooped my pants oh and by the way bah humbugg

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        i say fake cause you can store them away and use them next year

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        i vote fake cause you can store them away and use them again next year.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I say fake trees because they wont light on fire as easy as real trees also they make less of a mess. Please Don't be haters towards my comment!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        i say fake because real trees have oxygen and they make a big mess afterwards.

      • Edutopia 5 years ago

        Nothing beats a real tree for instantly pulling me back to my childhood and my fond memories of the season. However, nothing beats a fake tree for fitting in to my hectic schedule that can't dedicate enough time to dealing with a real tree these days. Practicality wins it this round.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Fake is better for me,less mess,holds my ornaments better,cheaper b/c I don't have to pay to buy a new one every year..

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Fake trees are greener you can you it over and over and over again instead of cutting down living trees which probably just get throw away after your new year start >=\ <\3

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I wish we had a fake tree in the White House. I'm allergic to real.

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      • Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

        Artificial trees are the way to go here in Australia as it is hot and the middle of summer at Christmas time. A real tree would not last. I have never known anyone to have a real tree in their house. Everyone has artificial trees that can be reused for many years. I have had mine for 12 years, my parents have had theirs for 38 years and my grandmother, well she has had hers even longer than that and it is still going strong! Leave the real trees out in nature where they belong.

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      • Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

        We've had the most beautiful artificial tree for 20 some years. This year, we are looking at a live tree so I guess it's a mixture of both.

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      What to do with your Old Cut Christmas Trees - Don't throw it curbside, recycle it!

      Don't toss away your Christmas tree!

      Your old (formerly) live Christmas tree can be recycled in most areas. They'll turn it into mulch most likely (hopefully to help new trees grow!). Check these links to see where and when pickups might be for your area and what you can do with it!

      Something worth considering:

      Live Christmas trees! Many places now sell living Christmas trees as tabletop trees, and in some cases, even large trees. These might be difficult to plant during the frigid frozen ground months, but will also stay alive if kept potted in a large container (and a green thumb!).

      Prevent a Few More Trees From Being Cut With Recycled Christmas Cards! - A great alternative to traditional holiday cards!

      Bad Idea: Throwing Away your Artificial Tree

      Artificial trees contain plastic, metals, and non-biodegradable elements. They also aren't easily recycled. If you have a tree that you're thinking of recycling, the easiest way to recycle might be to repurpose it: donate it to someplace that will use it, like a local shelter, a school, or post an ad on Craigslist or Kijiji.

      Thanks for dropping by!

      Thanks for dropping by!
      Thanks for dropping by!

      Have a green holiday season! And be sure to pass this debate along to anyone who you think might find it interesting!

      What Do You Use As Your Christmas Tree - Real or Fake? - Remember to participate in the debate up above, too!

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          Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

          When we finish with the Christmas Tree, we put it outside for the birds to land on when flying back and forth to the feeder. In the spring we put it out in the woods to decompose.

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          Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

          We do the same as Evelyn - and the birds and the land appreciate our efforts.

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          Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

          Nice lens, I'm not sure which I prefer. Real ones are nice, but between getting awfully sticky with the sap and having to vacuum up the needles, I think a fake one is thebest option. Besides, I don't have young kids in the house these days. 5*****

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          dc64 lm 8 years ago

          I have had the same artificial tree for 15 years, and it is still as beautiful as it was on day one. I put my tree up early, so I love my fake tree. It is also very full and tall and is just perfect. I plan to use this tree for the rest of my life, which should be about the next 460 years, give or take ; )

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          ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

          There are valid arguments on both sides. I have a bigger problem with all the wrapping paper and boxes that end up in the landfill.

          Great lens


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          Tiddledeewinks LM 8 years ago

          I say you can have BOTH! I did have a real one a few times that we cut ourselves and put out for the birds after with peanutbutter on it. The smell of a real one just can't be beat. But, remember to water it and it won't get as dry and drop as many needles. And don't put it close to a source of fire. What is all this fuss about cleaning up pine needles for just a few days a year?

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Great lens. I am going to feature this one on my Christmas Tree In The White House lens. Thank you

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          Patricia 8 years ago

          Great lens!

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          Delia 8 years ago

          very nice lens great information...although I love the real tree I found it to be simpler to have a nice fake tree...then I get real branches and decorate with them....5*

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          allinfoisfree 8 years ago

          Great lens, thanks! 5 *'s

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          Brainplug 8 years ago

          I always told myself that I would never get a fake tree...then I married a woman who's allergic to the real ones! Out comes the artificial tree every Christmas...

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          mistyblue75605 lm 8 years ago

          Great job! Made me think! 5*'s

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          bdkz 8 years ago

          Congratulations! You've bee featured on Cowabunga!

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Congratulations for being number 1 in the Local Topic. This lens is featured on A Christmas Tree In The White House.

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          monarch13 8 years ago

          Great debate! 5 Stars and featured on "Re-gifting an Economical, Earth-Friendly Choice" (a debate).

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          tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

          Great lens! What do we do with a broken, completely unusable fake tree?

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          LisaDH 8 years ago

          We've always had real trees, but this year I broke down and bought an artificial one. Still not sure I made the right decision...

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          blue22d 8 years ago

          Excellent lens. Five stars and a lensroll to my Christmas lens.

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          CoolFoto 8 years ago

          Interesting lens - found you in the Duel Group. 5* and lensroll to my Christmas lens

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          Jean DAndrea 8 years ago from Victoria, Australia

          Thanks for visiting my cat lens!

          The best Christmas tree we ever had was a little spruce fir in a pot. It was used every year until it got to big to come inside, then it was planted in the garden, where it lived and grew happily for about 25 years!

          Hate those Christmas trees that are just cut off branches - rather have an artificial one and save thousands of trees a year.


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          Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

          Nicely done & blessed by an Angel!


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          Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

          Excellent debate and great presentation of both arguments. Blessed by a Squidoo angel.

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          XNet 7 years ago

          I'm from Germany where the debate is not wether or not you have a real Christmas tree. It's more often about if you put real candles on there. I'm for real trees with real candles. If you'd like check out my Christmas DVDs blog.

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          lasertek lm 7 years ago

          Nice debate! It is more convenient to put up an artificial tree because you simply have to arrange the leaves and branches accordingly and voila! You are ready to decorate. Also, you can set up the tree as early as 1 or 2 months before Christmas and get to enjoy it for a lengthy time.

          Hope you could visit my lenses as well. Thanks

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Excellent debate, I think the verdicts going towards the Real Trees whether living or cut.

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          secondhandrose lm 7 years ago

          Great lens. Artificial trees can also be reused in crafts, even the metal parts.

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          secondhandrose lm 7 years ago

          Great lens. I prefer fake trees myself. They can be reused in crafts.

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          GrowWear 7 years ago

          Congratulations on your LOTD for Real Christmas Trees vs Fake Christmas Trees!

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          kimmanleyort 7 years ago

          Great debate! Well deserving of LOTD.

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          Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

          congrats on LOTD!

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          Violin-Student 7 years ago

          Interesting debate. We haven't had a cut tree in thirty years. Easier to take care of. Less fire danger. But I sure miss the smell of a real tree!

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          EpicFarms 7 years ago

          Congratulations on LOTD! We always get a live tree (lots of tree farms around here) and they are recycled locally and reused as mulch; sounds pretty green to me :o)

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          NC Shepherd 7 years ago

          Congratulations on LOTD!

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          Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

          Congrats on LOTD! We actually are in the no tree at all group. If we decorate, it's usually outdoors. I enjoy the holiday season and the decorations, but we usually enjoy other people's trees and holiday lights instead of our own.

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          luvmyludwig lm 7 years ago

          congrats on LOTD, I prefer a real tree, but due to all the raining we bought a fake this year. Next year I'll use it on my porch and get my real tree :)

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          religions7 7 years ago

          Great lens. Having had a live tree in our house for Christmas since I was little, I am really disposed to like them a LOT. But aren't those roots too small (usually) for the tree to stay alive long even when planted in the garden? I know all the Christmas trees my mom planted died at some point or another, though I think a few lived to be dug out for the next Christmas.

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          Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

          My parents had a choose and cut Christmas tree farm for many years. it was always a wonderful time to help people find the perfect tree. Everybody was always in a great mood!

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          WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

          Congratulations on LOTD. Happy Holidays to you and Best Wishes for 2010! :)

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          greengecko 7 years ago

          A real living Christmas tree is best! But this may not be practical for many people, especially in urban areas. With a bit of care and luck you only need buy one occasionally, as a living tree should do a few seasons before it gets too big. We alternate two which sit in the garden between times, planted out. See my website Greenfootsteps for more on keeping and using a living tree.

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          dannystaple 7 years ago

          Nice moves getting LOTD - I was looking for this specific subject (it seemed like a good plan for a lens) - you beat me to it! Anyway, could you perhaps add good ideas for responsibly disposing of a real tree? Especially pertinent in the city where people live in small flats with no yards and communal hall spaces and kerbs. A great lens!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          This is really a beautiful page you created,Nicely done! 5*

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          KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

          Congratulations on LOTD!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          I like both! Nice lens, 5*

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          JMoralde 7 years ago

          to each his own as they say...

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          nice lens and you have managed to start a good debate.

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          remanon 6 years ago

          I really nice lens, how many days to christmas???

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Nice lens-love it!

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          lilymom24 6 years ago

          This is a fun lens and a great duel topic. =)

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          bizgrrl 6 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

          Great idea for a Christmas lens topic - Good for you! :)

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I like your lens.

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          Jhangora LM 6 years ago

          I've never purchased a Christmas Tree but if I got an opportunity I'll purchase an artificial one. Why? The choice of colors, styles, heights is much better as opposed to real ones.

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          wadestar 6 years ago

          real all the way take your kid to pick one they'll love the experience. You can also negotiate for them to clean up the needles problem solved lol

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          andreaberrios lm 6 years ago

          I love the smell of a real Christmas tree, but I don't like the idea of cutting trees. Plus is the artificial trees are easier...Either way, I love Christmas trees! Happy Holidays.

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          squid-janices7 6 years ago

          Interesting debate...perfect for this time of year!

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          ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

          We set up my lovely fake tree last night. Some people we had over to help decorate thought it was real! If you invest a bit more money in your fake tree, (I think we paid $130) you get something that looks much more realistic than the corresponding $50 ones.

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          noobeegin 6 years ago

          Great lens. I love the debate. It is really hard to decide on which is better. I guess I just love Christmas trees of all kinds.

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          laladida88 6 years ago

          great lens

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          Steve-SEO-UK 6 years ago

          As much as I love the look, feel and smell of a real tree, we have had a fake one for many years now. Interesting debate and comments. Many thanks for a great Lens.

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          Laura45 LM 6 years ago

          Great lens! I love real Christmas trees, but am happy with our artificial one! Thanks for the repurpose suggestions.

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          JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

          When my parents moved into a new house when I was young, it had no trees or anything in the yard. They bought a live bulb-ed tree every year and planted around the border of the yard. Some of them are humongous now, but it's fun to look at the yard and see our old Christmas trees! =D Some of them even bring back particular memories of the year.

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          fbaum818 6 years ago

          Great lens. My family always tries to get real trees, when we can. But, since we move around a lot, we have a fake tree just in case we can't get a real tree. No sense in transporting all those trees around & putting carbon in the air.

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Congrats for making The Best Squidoo Intros Ever list. It's been awhile since I have visited here so enjoyed the re-visit.

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          nebby 6 years ago from USA

          We usually have alive tree and then plant it when Christmas is over.

          Congratulations on making the list of The Best Squidoo Intros Ever!

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          Sue Mah 6 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

          Great debate. Congrats on making the list of The Best Squidoo Intros Ever!

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          glowchick 6 years ago

          When I was growing up, we always had an artificail tree, but when I had my own family it was real trees all the way... and we love it :)

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          greenerme 6 years ago

          @SueM11: Thank you!!! Its so great to see such a great response to a lens!

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          greenerme 6 years ago

          @nebby: Thank you!! What a great idea! Once we move to our forever home" this is one of the first traditions to be started!

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          greenerme 6 years ago

          @OhMe: Thank you!

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          Joy Neasley 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

          When my kids were growing up, we bought a real Christmas tree with the roots every year. Each year on New Year's Day we planted the tree. Now, the kids are adults and every once in a while I catch them looking at these trees and remembering each Christmas each one represents.

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          TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

          Don't know if fake trees are necessarily better for the environment, but I know they definitely save a lot of money if you keep using the same one year after year!

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          whoisbid lm 5 years ago

          Christmas will be in a few months. I probably won't be blogging at that time so a happy premature christmas wish to you my friend

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          ErHawkns7100 5 years ago

          I love real trees but I didn't like all the bugs that came with it.

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          Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

          Great lens! I enjoy the debate and also the resources and ideas here for recycling and repurposing Christmas trees (real and fake).

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Beautiful lens.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          You have such an inspiring lens. Thanks

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          BuddyBink 5 years ago

          Nicely done. I prefer the real thing and then recycle it in the Spring. Nothing beats a real Christmas tree.

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          fugeecat lm 5 years ago

          I have a fake tree only because its handy. But I really would rather have a real one.

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          Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

          We want to add a pine tree to our yard this year for the same reason that Chinajoy in the comments below mentioned. We want our grandson to remember Christmas, not so much for the gifts but what the season means to our family and a live tree will keep that alive.

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          revenue4u 5 years ago

          For many years we used real trees until we got a fake tree two years ago. Fake trees are just not the same, but they are less of a mess.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Fake fake fake ! Come on people cutting down things that help us survive isn't cool we all live on this earth and all should keep it running strong. How would you feel if some on cut down you home to use it for a decoration... Just be thoughtful and try to care =]

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          nsixx99 5 years ago

          I like the real trees but unfortunately so does my dog, she likes to try an eat them so we have an artificial one.

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          Isham101 5 years ago

          I guess the norm is to use a fake one for years. Anyway, great lens:)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          We knew people whose house burned down from a Christmas tree fire, I'll never have a real tree again.

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          yayas 5 years ago

          We switched a couple 'uh years ago to a fake tree because of economic pressures. It's a good thing, too, because the economy has just continued to throw curves at us, especially at Christmas time. Super page.

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          Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

          I talked with foresters and there is no way all the trees could survive because of the competition for space, light and food. Cutting Christmas trees is part of health care of forests. And we can do it in more or less green ways.

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