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Thylacine
1525 Posts
14 years, 1 month ago
What kind of tree do you/would you prefer and why?

As for me, I had both at one point in my life.

The real ones smell good but require too much matinance (Vacuuming twenty times a day because their needles shed, carting the thing from wheever you bought it from, watering it, ect.) The artificial ones are easier to tend too (No shedding needles! W00t!) but they're more of a pain to set up. Plus, the branches like to leave irritating little scratches all up and down my arms (the real ones never did that to me, at least not what I remember.)

While both have their ups and down, I prefere the artificial ones.

Speaking of Christmas Trees, I found another strike against the Real trees: http://health.yahoo.com/news/healthday/livechristmastreescantriggermoldallergies.html
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    NickRules
    4941 Posts
    14 years, 1 month ago
    Ive never had a fake tree before. It would seem like a fake christmas. I dont care about the pine needle mess. I love the whole house smelling line pine. Id never get a fake tree!
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      Rainbow_Bright
      2505 Posts
      14 years, 1 month ago
      I enjoy the experience of going to a Christmas tree farm picking one out chopping it and getting apple cider or hot chocolate, it's part of the experience. As of 2004 my family got one of the fake trees that comes in a box and it's in three pieces, i can see why the fake trees are great and i dont really have a porblem with them but i prefer real. I remember when the real trees used to cost like 30-40 bucks now it's like 75 and up.
        Dave_Lino
        584 Posts
        14 years, 1 month ago
        We have 2 trees in our house, one fake and we get one real. Two real ones would be nice but it would cost a bit much, and the fake tree doesnt bother anyone at all. We decorate them as much as possible and it makes the fake tree seem real.

        Also, Thylacine, the tree should not lose that many needles if it is a healthy tree.
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          Rainbow_Bright
          2505 Posts
          14 years, 1 month ago
          Has anyone seen the movie Christmas Vacation? classsic sceen when Chevy Chases character goes in to the woods and selects a huge ass tree thats way to big for the house.


          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMlXCIPJqqs&feature=related
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            Edymnion
            2304 Posts
            14 years, 1 month ago
            I live in the woods, if I want pine scent, I just have to walk outside.

            Going out and cutting a tree and all that is entirely too much trouble, IMO. I use a nice thick fake tree. If I want pine smell indoors, I'll mop the kitchen with pine glo, kill two birds with one stone. :P

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              billcozby
              1358 Posts
              14 years, 1 month ago
              Artificial trees are an insult !

              I'm curantly trying to get my family to plant trees insted of buying dead ones.
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                lorax
                977 Posts
                14 years, 1 month ago
                we used to do real, but my mom got tired of it. we stopped after my sibs and i didn't really want to go to the lot and pick one out. I think i was about 12 or 13. I like the fake one, still looks pretty and i'm not stepping on needles until february.
                "This scar is a fleck on my porcelain skin, tried to reach deep but you couldn't get in..."
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                  gumbyman
                  2008 Posts
                  14 years, 1 month ago
                  Well, i prefer real trees by far because you can go out to a tree farm and pick one out then put it up in the same day but with fake trees you have to set all the branches up and find all the parts but with real trees to me anyway there just seems to be this nice feeling of nostalgia and acually haveing memories of the christmas tree. But alas i go with fake trees because my mom always likes them better because they dont reqiure alot of work. I almost fainted when i woke up and my mom said she got a pre-lite tree :( :oops:
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                    Ackman
                    911 Posts
                    14 years, 1 month ago
                    Real Trees. I love the pine smell. I don't take my tree down until February anyway
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                      Hoogs
                      233 Posts
                      14 years, 1 month ago
                      Real! It's all about the experience. Going out in the snow to cut it down, figuring out a way to stuff it in our trunk, hauling it in the house and having to vacuum the needles afterward. Plus the smell is great and makes it feel like Christmas. Having a fake tree is pretty much like having a fake Christmas.
                      My YouTube Channel (commercials from the late 80s/early 90s):

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                        SSJ_Jup81
                        4806 Posts
                        14 years, 1 month ago
                        We've always had an artificial tree. Seems more environmentally friendly, imo. To me, it's like giving someone cut flowers. We've had the one we use for at least 13 years now. It cost enough, though, which is why it still looks as nice as it did when we first bought it.
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                          kayvee
                          3672 Posts
                          14 years, 1 month ago
                          Hoogs
                          Real! It's all about the experience. Going out in the snow to cut it down, figuring out a way to stuff it in our trunk, hauling it in the house and having to vacuum the needles afterward. Plus the smell is great and makes it feel like Christmas. Having a fake tree is pretty much like having a fake Christmas.


                          Don't you want the memory of going to Walmart and picking out the bestest tree on the shelf? For me, that's Christmas. :wink:
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                            SSJ_Jup81
                            4806 Posts
                            14 years, 1 month ago
                            90srocked
                            SSJ_Jup81
                            We've always had an artificial tree. Seems more environmentally friendly, imo. To me, it's like giving someone cut flowers. We've had the one we use for at least 13 years now. It cost enough, though, which is why it still looks as nice as it did when we first bought it.
                            eexactly. I've never had a real tree, it's just bad for the environment. My fake tree is gorgeous enough.
                            You also don't have to worry about the tree drying out and possibly causing a fire if you use an artificial tree.
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                              MrCleveland
                              1066 Posts
                              14 years, 1 month ago
                              Fake. Though my cats knocked over my old tree. :evil:
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                                Hoogs
                                233 Posts
                                14 years, 1 month ago
                                How are real trees bad for the environment? You're just cutting down a tree and putting it in your house, which will later be recycled as mulch. Seems like everything these days is somehow bad for the environment, it just gets tiring.
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                                  Sunriser
                                  3802 Posts
                                  14 years, 1 month ago
                                  If you call plastic and chemicals good for the environment, then sure, go for that instead of a renewable, natural product. All it takes is elbow grease to make a real tree. LOL.

                                  I've always had a real tree. Trying to start that tradition for myself, but no one wants to, yet they still want to go to a tree farm. I will say that fake trees look much better now than they did when I was a kid. They even come pre-lighted.
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                                    SSJ_Jup81
                                    4806 Posts
                                    14 years, 1 month ago
                                    It's bad for those who don't recycle and just throw the tree out and dump it someplace. It's worse enough that trees are being cut down and cleared away and not being replanted to replace it, seems that it's pointless to do so for Christmas. It's so trivial. At least with an artificial tree (a good one where it's not like that wire stuff), you can reuse it every year. Our tree is full, like a real tree, about 7 ft tall and was worth about $200 (back then), and it was a good investment. It looks as nice as it did the day we bought it.
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                                      JP
                                      1826 Posts
                                      14 years, 1 month ago
                                      Here's a Bob Rivers -www.Bobrivers.com-

                                      http://www.bobrivers.com/player/player.asp?atype=tunes&ID=467&Speed=1


                                      Here are the lyrics in case you want to check it out before you listen:

                                      Parody of Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
                                      by Brenda Lee)


                                      Shopping around for a Christmas tree
                                      At the grocery parking lot
                                      Every thing over 4 foot 3
                                      Is about hundred bucks a pop
                                      Schleping around for a Christmas tree
                                      And I still haven't found a thing
                                      In a trailer I met some drunken guy
                                      And we did some haggling

                                      People get that ornamental feelin’ every year,
                                      Moms and Dads and kids all happy
                                      Till they get their hands all scratched and sappy

                                      Shopping around for Christmas trees
                                      What a crappy holiday
                                      Today they smell so fresh and green
                                      They'll be dead on Christmas Day

                                      You will get that ornamental feeling every year
                                      When you find a tree that looks real jolly,
                                      If you turn it round, it's as brown as Charlie's

                                      Chopping down my Christmas tree
                                      In a true old-fashioned way
                                      Topping it off with a Spotted Owl
                                      And make hasty get away
                                      What is popular isn't always right; What is Right isn't always popular.
                                        DK1988
                                        843 Posts
                                        14 years, 1 month ago
                                        [font=Impact]i have something i have to admit to you guys....im a FAKER lol :D fake trees all the way all you do is put it up and take it down no cutting or bad smells to have to worry about[/font][/color]
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