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Artificial or real Christmas tree...what is your preference and why?

  1. Sturgeonl profile image83
    Sturgeonlposted 5 years ago

    Artificial or real Christmas tree...what is your preference and why?


  2. jaydawg808 profile image90
    jaydawg808posted 5 years ago

    Artificial is my choice.  Why?  Because you only pay for it once, you don't have to find the perfect tree every year, and you don't need to water it, and you don't have to worry about allergies.  Only thing it does cost you is the initial investment, storage space and electricity (but a real tree needs electricity for the lights too).

    1. Sarah Christina profile image83
      Sarah Christinaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I totally agree!

  3. Sarah Christina profile image83
    Sarah Christinaposted 5 years ago

    I prefer artificial trees for many of the same reasons that jaydawg808 said. Also, as a kid/teenager I always had to be the one to sweep up all the needles that kept falling off the tree. To me, it was always just a big mess. My hate for cleaning up needles even inspired me to write my own parody of the song "Oh Christmas Tree" when I was 15 yrs old that went something like:

    "Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how ugly are thy branches. Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how ugly are thy branches.
    You get your needles everywhere, on the floor and in my hair.
    Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how ugly are thy branches.

    Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, you fill my heart with hatred. Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, you fill my heart with hatred.
    I'll burn you down and chop you up, and stick your ashes in my cup.
    Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, you fill my heart with hatred."

    So yeah, I prefer fake trees.

    1. Everyday Miracles profile image86
      Everyday Miraclesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      lol that is BRILLIANT! And very nicely done, I must say (:

    2. Sarah Christina profile image83
      Sarah Christinaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you! I've often used humor and parodies to deal with life's difficult situations.

  4. lburmaster profile image84
    lburmasterposted 5 years ago

    Artificial. I'm allergic to real Christmas tree's is the major reason. Minor is reason is that they shed.

  5. BSloan profile image76
    BSloanposted 5 years ago

    We have an artificial tree due to my son being allergic to the real one.  I love having a real tree because of the scent but it's is more economical to not have to buy a tree every year plus having to dispose of it after a month is such a waste to me.

  6. Rusticliving profile image89
    Rusticlivingposted 5 years ago

    I always had a real tree growing up and really loved them. The smell just brought the beautiful outdoors inside. I use an artificial tree now as my space is very limited and it's perfect for that space. smile

  7. phillippeengel profile image80
    phillippeengelposted 5 years ago

    I love Christmas itself, and not the trees.

  8. Goody5 profile image72
    Goody5posted 5 years ago

    We used real Christmas trees for years, but now we have an artificial Christmas tree which is saving us a fortune in both money & time.

  9. peeples profile image94
    peeplesposted 5 years ago

    I prefer a real tree. To me the scent of the tree makes the house smell special. I figure until all of my children are over the age of 5 I will continue to do the real tree. I enjoy taking them out to find the perfect tree.

  10. Imogen French profile image86
    Imogen Frenchposted 5 years ago

    We have a very realistic looking artificial tree nowadays, which I much prefer. It is more practical than a real one as it has worked out a lot cheaper in the long run, and doesn't drop horrible spikey needles everywhere like a real one.

    I also feel bad about cutting down a real tree just to have it decorating my house for a couple of weeks. We did try a rooted tree which we kept in a pot and used for a couple of years, but then it got too big and untidy, and we had to plant it out in the garden.

  11. Petra Vlah profile image61
    Petra Vlahposted 5 years ago

    We live in world of plastic where very few things are still real, There is nothing that can replace a real Christmas tree and its smell fills the house with the spirit of the season (that and the apple pie of course!)
    I do understand the idea of saving the forest, but the trees are already cut and so it will make no difference if I go for the plastic one. Money and "convenience" are not my concern when it comes to the joy of celebrating Christmas (which become very expensive anyways)

  12. logoquiz profile image71
    logoquizposted 5 years ago

    It would have to be artificial. We only once ever had a real tree, and it was expensive, a pain to get home, it began to smell funny from christmas eve onwards and I was constantly cleaning up pine needles, so since then it has been artificial all the way.

  13. LouTucci profile image79
    LouTucciposted 5 years ago

    Hi sturgeon.! Hope you've been well! I prefer real trees because of the scent of pine. But, when I was a kid in the late 60's, we had a white aluminum tree with a color wheel, showing 4 different colors. It was beautiful! I wish you the best for the holidays...

  14. ajwrites57 profile image87
    ajwrites57posted 5 years ago

    When I was small,  we had a real tree each Christmas. Mother got tired of cleaning up the tree after wards, so at one point she got a silver aluminum one with rotating lights--I miss it. But, I really prefer a real tree for Christmas--either a Blue Spruce or White Pine. Thanks for asking Sturgeonl!

  15. Dorothee-Gy profile image70
    Dorothee-Gyposted 5 years ago

    For me, it is clearly a natural tree. I don't buy flowers, but I love to have a real Christmas tree, with all it's irregularities. I love the process of looking for it, visualizing how it will look, once it has all its regalia, and I love the (although very faint) smell of a natural tree in the house.

    The Christmas trees come from plantations, so there is no environmental harm done by bying them, but a artificial tree will be a burden for many years after I have sorted it out for being dusty and looking shabby.

    In Germany, our favorite trees are Nordmann fir trees, and they do not shed at all. They don't have the intense smell other firs provide, but they hold on to their needles tenaciously and still look great after a few weeks.

  16. NornsMercy profile image60
    NornsMercyposted 5 years ago

    I get a fake tree and spray it with pine tree-smelling spray because I'm afraid a spider will be in a real one :'(

    Plus, I'm cheap.


  17. Ebonny profile image91
    Ebonnyposted 5 years ago

    We have an artificial one for convenience.  However, I do get nostalgic for the smell of a real tree.  Pity they cannot make the artificial ones smell like that!

  18. francisassissi profile image60
    francisassissiposted 5 years ago

    Hello there! I love both, the artificial Christmas tree and the real one.

    Artificial could still be used in the coming years and you can modify it whatever you like.

    Real Christmas tree is a very dramatic symbol for Christmas. You just need to spend more time preparing it.

    Christmas trees are invented by protestants long time ago but later adapted by Catholics.

    Long live the believers of Christ, the Catholic, Protestants, Anglicans, Born again Christians, Calvinists, etc.

  19. profile image0
    ChleotheWitchposted 5 years ago

    For me, Artificial is the best choice. I think buying a real tree every year is a hassle and so is the mess it can make. Artificial trees are only bought once and you don't have to worry about anyone being allergic.

  20. garyluther profile image40
    garylutherposted 4 years ago

    I prefer a real Christmas tree because real is real and I am happy to grow it in my garden with other trees and plants. But sometimes i need a help for it so i contact a tree specialist Arbor Care Inc.