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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?

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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.

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    • anonymous 5 years ago

      There's nothing better than a real tree, have had one every year and that will never change. Don't see the appeal of artificial tress they look cheap and tacky, nearly just as horrid as tinsel!

    • E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      It saddens me to say my tree is el fakeo or el artificial. As kids we took an axe, yes that was long ago when responsible chidren could go into the wookd and chop down a Christmas tree and bring it home, without severing a limb in the process, but I digress. I think real is truly greener.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      well when the real tree is growing it provides oxygen for the environment and even though it is cut down there were years when it was beneficial. whereas the artificial tree probably created toxic fumes when it was made. But then again when the real tree was transported that would have created pollution as well. so get what you like.

    • Ruthi 5 years ago

      A LIVE tree would be green, if my thumb were also green...smiles. I do prefer a live or cut tree as opposed to an artificial tree. NOthing beats a REAL tree with an assortmnet of homemade ornaments and ornaments from family and friends hanging on its branches. The warmth of love and memories radiates in the beauty. I've had an artificial tree a time or two over the years and it just isn't the same. Give me natural green!

    • anonymous 5 years ago


      For anyone who thinks otherwise, take into consideration that real trees are then recycled for mulch and other types of recycled wood products.

      Fake trees are manufactured in factories, which it should be obvious aren't "green" in anyway. And as far as cutting too many trees down, I have two arguments.

      First, most of the trees that are cut for Christmas are grown just for this purpose, thus no desire for cut trees = No need for 1,000s of trees in farms.

      Secondly, It really doesn't matter if you buy the tree or not, it's going to get cut down. If your buying from a farm they might not cut it until you buy it, but chances are they would cut it and sell it to a lot before Christmas was over anyway.

    • Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Mad Laboratories

      Buying a live Christmas tree and then replanting it after the holiday season is greener. However, buying a cut tree that is thrown out when the holidays are over is such a waste.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I dont want to address the greener situation, but.....Real,Real,Real, and real. I say this because the beauty is thrilling. Real trees are much more beautiful than fake trees, because they are fuller and greener. They save money, for example you know how every year your like "ohhhhh, look at this pine scented air freshener, or candle". Your wasting money, because since you have a fake anorexic ugly tree, you cant get the wonderful fresh scent. Also, fake trees are recycled and turned into paper, or newspaper that is sold to help boost the economy. Last but not least, because real trees create a huge amount of jobs in late November through Christmas Eve. Woekers are hired in that time period to work in these American christmas tree farms, and thousands of jobless, now have work.

    • PencilDrawings1 5 years ago

      Its difficult to say which is greener, it depends on where and how the live tree is sourced and how long the artificial trees are kept. I think real trees are probably greener is ethically sourced however for me I have a fake tree, I had one for 20years and have just replaced it and it is only 12" high so impact is minimal.

    • whoisbid lm 5 years ago

      Oh ! Nothing can beat something real

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm not sure about greener, but I can't imagine getting anything BUT a real one. It may be one green tip I will never do. I like the idea of live trees, but we have lots and lots of frozen ground, so I can't imagine how far they'd have to travel to be replanted.

    • VSP 6 years ago

      I don't know about greener, but if I could have my preference I'd choose Real. You just can't fake the smell of a real tree. That said I got an artificial tree several years ago because real trees were getting too expensive.

    • BellaLexdi 6 years ago

      Real Christmas Tree all the way - you can't beat the Christmas smell of a good fraiser fir!!!

    • bojasna 6 years ago

      Live Christmas trees are the best, but if the choice is between a cut Christmas tree and an artificial one I would go with the fake tree.

    • Delia 6 years ago

      The real tree has the color of "true green" I do use an artificial one.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      real trees are better because they smell great and produce enough oxygen to sustain 18 people for 6 months

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      My daughter is doing a persuasive essay on why people should choose real Christmas trees and i showed her this website and she was thrilled

    • Joy Neasley 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Definitely Real. I buy them with roots and each year on New Years Day we plant it. My kids look at the trees for the past decade or so and they remember which Christmas each tree represents.

    • totally_radically_awesome 6 years ago

      I used to like real Christmas trees or actually sorry fake over real but now I like real since mom said they are better for one's finances.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      They smell great. Also, artificial trees release chemicals that aren't terribly good for your health and they are often more flammable then real trees.

      A bit more maintenance doesn't matter when it comes to saving the environment.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      We like real trees. However, we move around a lot & real trees aren't always available (like in Sicily).

    • QuirkySue 6 years ago

      We only ever have a real cut tree. I'd like to have an artificial someday just so I could decorate earlier and not have to worry about watering!

    • willisx32 6 years ago

      jingle bells , jingle bells

    • TheCountrySignS 6 years ago

      Real and live is better. I love the smell of pine and it can be planted after the holiday is over. The birds and other little critters love it and call it home after we are done with it in our house.

    • pumpnut lm 6 years ago

      Shouldn't be a debate here.

    • MikeEssex 6 years ago

      real all the way

    • AKdude 6 years ago

      Real Christmas trees are the only way to go! Do you serve up fake turkey to go with your fake tree???

    • galant 6 years ago

      We use an artificial tree to save money and for other reasons (cats). However, I would think that Real Trees are actually greener (if grown and sold locally). Most trees come from a tree farm where cut trees are quickly replaced. Younger trees offset more carbon because they are growing more rapidly.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      the real trees are greener, but I would buy the artifical trees instead because it saves money and it allows a tree to servive the year.

    • livingfrontiers 6 years ago

      Real Trees create jobs here in the US, where most fake trees are created by toxic chemical processes in China and elsewhere. Save a growers business by buying your tree, and make sure it is a real tree!

    • lilymom24 6 years ago

      We alwasy cut our own tree at the local tree farm. Its a fun tradition.

    • GVGuru 6 years ago

      Fake is not green. Fake is 'pine' coloured. Only real pine trees are Green.

    • ostermeier 6 years ago

      I go with a live tree that I can plant after the holidays.

    • KristinAlspaugh 6 years ago

      I think that replanting a live tree after Christmas is much greener, as long as you live in a place where the tree would survive. Nothing is better on Christmas morning than waking up to the wonderful smell of fresh pine :)

    • jctatum 6 years ago

      It's got to be real for me!

    • remanon 6 years ago

      A real tree every time. We don't have disposal problems as there is always a hole in one of the hedges that needs plugging to stop one of the beasts from wandering!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      It has to be a real tree for me as the smell of a Christmas tree is a spark of nostalgia and i then know that Christmas is on the way.

    • glenbrook 6 years ago

      Real tree. In Sparks a local high school will take them back after Christmas (for a small donation) and turn them into mulch.

    • myraggededge 7 years ago

      Real, every time. They compost back to the earth and while they are growing (and they wouldn't be if it weren't for the demand) they are chomping on carbon like carbon-chomping things.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      I like what Peter has to say, would you rather by a fake tree made in China, or support a local guy?! Besides, there is nothing that can compare with waking up Christmas mourning, and finding your presents under a green, nice smelling tree. A lot of people are even recicling there tree into mulch. You can sell it or just use it in your garden if your a garden person. I even fou the itouch I'm writing this on under a real Chrismas tree:)

    • dannystaple 7 years ago

      I still use an artificial tree because to use one that you have already bought is greener than to throw it away and use something else. However, real trees are actually pretty good - given that tree farms a sustainable fast growing wood, and often renewed, these seem pretty green, especially if you are supporting an industry actively planting trees and thinking carefully about how you dispose of the tree afterwards. Here In London, shipping makes no difference between them - both are imports. I still hate needles in the carpet though!

    • Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      I like a live tree if I'm home for Christmas and can recycle it after the holiday. I really try to stay away from petro-based products.

    • greengecko 7 years ago

      A lot of fake trees are imported from China, making their carbon footprint pretty big. Real living Christmas trees are better if you can find a way to look after them and re-use them - not practical for everyone, though. Fake ones look...fake! - and thereby miss the point about new life in the dead part of the year. See my site for ways to choose and look after a real living Christmas tree.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Not too terribly fond of anything plastic

    • WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      My parents always have a real tree and we had a real tree when our children were growing up. I love and miss the smell of a real tree. However, we have had an artificial tree for a few years now since someone stole our power saw. Can't win! Artificial tree is more practical for us since we are often away for Christmas.

    • NC Shepherd 7 years ago

      And another thing....these trees are grown specifically to be cut down for Christmas trees. It is someone's livelihood. No one is depleting the world's supply of evergreens by having a real tree. It's the same as decorating with pumpkins and corn stalks at Halloween.

    • NC Shepherd 7 years ago

      There is no waste in a real tree. They are renewable and can be chipped into compost when you're done with them. If not chipped, they can provide habitat for small animals. Fake trees require resources to produce, they look like smooshed crap after they've been packed in a box all year, and pets can and certainly do chew on them as much as on live trees...maybe more. Then there's the disposal, because you know people can't stand using the same thing more than a few times.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      My family has always gotten live tree's. It was just a tradition. But after reading that article on fake tree's causing cancer; Now there is a reason for getting a live tree.

    • AlidaCornelius 7 years ago

      REAL! Indiana Pennsylvania is called the "Christmas Tree Capital of the USA" because of all the tree farms there. They ship them all over the country. You can buy a live one, or a cut one. And while the live ones are more expensive, you can make it a nice table top tree and then plant it and enjoy it all year long in your yard.

      Support our country's tree farmers. It takes years to grow them and it's very labor intensive.

      Support our farmers.

      Buy a live tree.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      i think that i would want to go out in the cold and get a Christmas tree

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      I like the artificial are the best so you dont have a mess to clean up when you are do putting it up>

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      I agree that a real Christmas tree is greener but who would want to go out in the cold a cut down a Christmas tree.the artificial trees are not greener some are and some aren't just depends!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      I'd say real trees are greener. Look AT THE PICTURE ABOVE.. It's pink.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Real. I live on a Christmas tree farm so I'm a little biased. But would you rather see a fake tree selling factory, or a tree farm?

      Clearly, real trees are greener, duh.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Real is better!! Stop buying artificial trees made in China!!! Now there a waste of energy - buy local and keep your hard earned money in your community!!

    • AnnaleeBlysse 7 years ago

      Real is best! At least the way that I do real. We have a small pine that is alive. Yes, ALIVE! We don't cut it down. We keep in in the house. We've had it for years. It might be too small to support typical decoration styles. But, we can wrap with with a few strands of lights and a handful of carefully place ornaments and tinsel and garland. I love my tree, and it lives year and year providing my home with lovely green life and oxygen.

    • hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      we get our real tree from a local tree farm, so no travel energy wasted. we add some peanut butter and bird seed pine cones to it for the duration of winter. we burn it in our yard in the spring. the smell is exquisite and it lasts for months.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Real are greener. From the earth and back to the earth with no garbage. After we take the tree down at the beginning of January before the really deepfreeze, my husband cuts off the boughs and covers the roses to give them winter protection.

    • CoolFoto 8 years ago

      I love real trees. As a child we always had a cut real tree. Now I buy a 2 foot living tree from Harry and David and display it on a table.

    • blue22d 8 years ago

      A real tree would be best. Replant and it gives beauty and oxygen. However, the cost is probably the biggest factor. I have a small fiberoptics type tree and it works for me.

    • Jack 8 years ago

      The best Christmas trees are real ones that can be replanted outside. There are too many artificial trees in landfills.

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    • RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      I like real and then plant it.

    • seegreen 8 years ago

      How long does it take for a fake tree to break down? I prefer the real thing. Tree farms are sustainable and trees can be recycled as mulch. But in warmer climates they just don't last through the season.

    • Spook LM 8 years ago

      There is nothing like a real Xmas tree. However we have had an artificial one for the last 8 years.

    • Patricia 8 years ago

      I like real trees, but we had an artificial tree a few years ago until our dog peed on it and stained the white snow yellow.

    • Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Definitely, a real tree. There is no substitution.

    • Tiddledeewinks LM 8 years ago

      You can't beat a REAL tree for the smell and the hominess, but there are advantages to an artificial one, too! I'd have some of both if I had room. The real ones cost so much though, nowadays! A lot of the artificial ones look almost real and last longer.

    • Tiddledeewinks LM 8 years ago

      I love a REAL tree and the smell can't be beat, but it is so costly nowadays! An artificial one can look almost as real, and there are advantages. If I had room, I'd have some of both!

    • ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      We used an artificial one for years but when it finally fell apart, we went back to real trees. Once Christmas is over the community puts the trees collected through a shredder and the mulsh produced is used in the local parks and sold.

    • Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

      Real Christmas trees are grown to be used as living ornaments for the holidays. If you have a yard you can buy a tree that can be planted after Christmas. If you use a cut tree, recycle it into a bird feeder and/or mulch and firewood. If you can't use the plant material in your garden, your community can chip up a "real" tree after the holidays to recycle into wood chips or compost. A "fake" tree is made from petro-chemicals and metals and paint that cause fumes and more than likely will become trash in a landfill after you decide to replace it.

    • Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      The trees that we have always cut in back of our house actually let light in for the smaller trees to grow.

      Our trees may not be full like the ones you buy on Christmas Tree lots but it's easier to see the decorations.

    • Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      I like fake because there's less mess but I guess the real ones don't clog up the landfills. Great idea for a debate!

    • greenerme 8 years ago

      Despite the convenience of artificial trees, they just don't compare the real deal. We have an artificial tree that we use, but long for the days when we had a real tree. The scent and look just doesn't compare. Downsides that we've found with fake trees are cleaning it--it can get dusty and impossible to clean. As far as "greenness" goes, we're sticking with our old fake tree since we already purchased it. If we hadn't purchased it, we may have opted for live trees that could've been replanted. Cutting trees down, even they're replanted and farmed for the purpose, though fun, doesn't make much sense.

    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.

      • Stephen Lewis 5 years ago

        You have a perfect shaped tree every year.

      • nursecraft 5 years ago

        Can't help feeling bad cutting down a beautiful living thing just for a few weeks of decoration. I enjoy the practicality of an artificial tree. But this lens makes you think about it a little!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Hate to spoil everyone's tree hugging pitty party for trees, but most of the live trees you buy were RAISED to be Christmas trees! They will raise another one in its place, and another and another. It's not like they went out into the forest and said: "Let's cut down this one!".

        However, I still think artificial trees are more practical if you have pets or small children that will eat them or drink the water. They are also cleaner, more symmetrical and appealing than real trees.

      • Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

        As much as there's something special about a real tree, I always feel guilty about killing a tree just for the holiday decoration purposes. And they look so sad and depressing after Christmas lying out on the streets and sidewalks for trash pick up. So I use artificial trees these days.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I don't like the idea of a tree, which is a living thing, being destroyed just so I can hang a few ornaments on it. I don't like to watch it slowly die.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        artificial, because they put more dye in it!!!

      • unstucktheory 6 years ago

        In the past I have worked selling cut Christmas trees here in Australia through my Apex club and I just think the heat in December is too much for them. We've always had an artificial tree. No mess, no fuss and no tree wilting in the heat.

      • Lockerlover 6 years ago

        I like the artificial trees because they are easy to set up and we can save a bunch of trees for plants and animals to all live in. Plus, it has really nice decor! We used to have a white Christmas tree. So beautiful... Excuse me... ;(

      • Peter Murray 6 years ago from Izmir, Turkey

        Without scientifically measuring the full environmental impact it is hard to tell, but I feel that less energy and resources are used for the lifetime of artificial trees compared with natural trees.

      • Wendy Leanne 6 years ago from Texas

        My grandparents and parents always used artificial trees and now I do too. I think it's sad to cut a tree down just to decorate it and look at it for a month and then throw it away. Also, I have really bad allergies and am allergic to almost all trees. We've had our huge artificial tree for 9 years now and it still looks great.

      • mich1908 6 years ago

        My first thought was I prefer real Christmas trees but then I thought that's pretty bad for our environment. So, I changed my preference to artificial Christmas trees. Just appreciate the beauty of a tree without chopping it down and do leave it where it really belongs!

      • Sue Mah 6 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

        I only have an artificial tree for Christmas so don't know anything about a live tree. Very few people here use live Christmas trees as they have to be imported.

      • ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

        When people are allergic to pine trees, then you have to go with fake or else everyone ends up miserable over the holidays.

      • squid-janices7 6 years ago

        I bought a high-quality artificial tree 15 years ago and just put it up again the day after Thanksgiving. Still looks great and that means that I didn't have to cut down 15 trees.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        fake that looks real

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        artificial trees are helps preserve real trees and is good for the enviroment

      • kentlydee 6 years ago

        Because artificial christmas trees can last for many year as long as they are stored properly. For instance, 1 artificial tree can last for more than 10 years while in 10 years you'll need to cut 10 full grown trees.

      • j_lanee 6 years ago

        I like artificial ones. We need real trees outside, uncut.

      • Jhangora LM 6 years ago

        I'd say the artifical ones.

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      • Claire-Harbour 6 years ago

        I think that artificial trees are better as they are easier to put up and don't drop needles and there are lots of variations. I have made a lens all about artificial Xmas trees! - Please Check it out :)

      • AWildDog 6 years ago

        I think a few times in my life I would like to have a real one - but I've grown up with an artificial one and that's how my heart is set I think.

        Greener? Oh I don't know about that, there are lots of arguments for and against each side!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Greener? LOL

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Don't like to waste live trees,artificial ones are good enough for me!

      • dryder 6 years ago

        I like a real tree, however, don't like the idea of having to cut a live tree to get it.

      • Paula Morgan 6 years ago from Sydney Australia

        My artificial tree has lasted 10 yrs and still looks like new. I can see it lasting as long as I do.. that's got to be greener than acquiring, cutting down and disposing of a tree later....

      • julieannbrady 6 years ago

        I don't like to CUT down the real tree but leave it in the ground and decorate it right there. We've used artificial trees for years -- and years -- throw them in a plastic bag all decorated and store them in the garage attic.

      • 2008_Tax_Man 7 years ago

        I love real Christmas trees, but we have our tree up for about 2 months so artificial is the way to go. After 2 months, there is no question that an artificial tree will be greener.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Get a life people!

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Mine is artificial and pre-lit. It's greener on my wallet as I don't have to buy a tree every year.

      • danielca0720 7 years ago

        I prefer artificial, because you don't have the massive clean-up two days after it's up. Also, artificial doesn't make my skin itch ridiculously, lol.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Artificial. As someone living in New York, I find it sad to see the streets as a tree graveyard at the end of the season. It's a waste to cut down a tree just to keep it in your living room for a few weeks and dispose of it like trash.

      • Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

        Artificial is best, though we did have real trees when sons were young, one of our traditions was going out to the tree farm, choosing our own and cutting it down and all. When they got older and didn't care about such anymore, got an artificial tree, and SO glad I did. MUCH simpler, no muss no fuss...looks just as good or better and no waste.

      • Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

        I prefer the artificial tree, as we have one and use it year after year. No waste, no killing trees, no wasting petrol to get the tree, no fuss, no mess.

      • monarch13 8 years ago

        I am torn between the two, I have an artificial one, but I love the beauty of a real tree, however it is sad to see so many trees disposed of each year.. How about a Live Christmas Tree option?

      • kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

        I think the fake ones are greener, if you keep them a long time. Getting a new one every couple of years defeats the purpose.

      • bdkz 8 years ago

        Pre-lit fake tree all the way!

      • allinfoisfree 8 years ago

        I don't know why, but I just like the fake,er I mean artificail trees better. Easier on the budget, in the long run, and just easier to manage.

      • EuroSquid LM 8 years ago

        I can argue both sides of this. I grew up with real trees. But my wife wanted an artificial tree, so we just bought one for this holiday. My feeling is that artificial is greener. It is a pity to chop down a tree for a few weeks and then throw it away. We will probably have this tree for years.

      • dc64 lm 8 years ago

        Love my artificial tree because I can use the same one year after year, put it up extra early, and not have to clean up pine needles.

      • Michelle_Claire 8 years ago

        Great Debate Subject!!

        I like things to look just right. So, I got a fake one last year because I have high ceilings and couldn't find a good looking real one. The last time I had a real one, I had pine needles everywhere. Now, I don't have to worry about where the tree will come from. I am already ready to put it up. But you shouldn't rush christmas.

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

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      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:

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      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.

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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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          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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          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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          Isham101 5 years ago

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

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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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          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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          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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          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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          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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          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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          anonymous 5 years ago

          You have such an inspiring lens. Thanks

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Beautiful lens.

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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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          ErHawkns7100 5 years ago

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

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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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          TIRMassageStone1 6 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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          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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          greenerme 6 years ago

          @OhMe: Thank you!

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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

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

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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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          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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          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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          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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          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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          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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          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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          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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          laladida88 6 years ago

          great lens

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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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          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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          squid-janices7 6 years ago

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

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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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          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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          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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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I like your lens.

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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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          lilymom24 6 years ago

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

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Nice lens-love it!

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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 and you have managed to start a good debate.

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          JMoralde 7 years ago

          to each his own as they say...

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          I like both! Nice lens, 5*

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          KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

          Congratulations on LOTD!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

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

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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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          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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          WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

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

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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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          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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          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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          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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          NC Shepherd 7 years ago

          Congratulations on LOTD!

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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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          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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          Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

          congrats on LOTD!

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          kimmanleyort 7 years ago

          Great debate! Well deserving of LOTD.

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          GrowWear 7 years ago

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

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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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          secondhandrose lm 7 years ago

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

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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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          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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          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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          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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          hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

          great interactive lens.

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          Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

          Nicely done & blessed by an Angel!


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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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          CoolFoto 8 years ago

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

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          blue22d 8 years ago

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

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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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          tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

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

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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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          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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          bdkz 8 years ago

          Congratulations! You've bee featured on Cowabunga!

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          mistyblue75605 lm 8 years ago

          Great job! Made me think! 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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          Spook LM 8 years ago

          Great lens and I enjoyed it. Keep it up and merry Xmas.

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          allinfoisfree 8 years ago

          Great lens, thanks! 5 *'s

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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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          Patricia 8 years ago

          Great lens!

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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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          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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          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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          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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          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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          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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          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.