Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Real or Fake?

Christmas Trees.

The debate has begun.

I went out with a group of friends on Monday night for dessert and we had a discussion about Christmas trees.

Real or fake?

The majority of us said real but the ones that said fake all had very good arguments.


Love the smell
It's a tradition
Variety (Douglas Fir, Noble Fir, Spruce)

Fire Hazard
Needles everywhere
Need to water daily
Need to dispose of
Cost vary from year to year
Often times you have to cut down unless you buy from a lot
Have to haul it home and dry out if wet from rain


No pine needles to be cleaned up
Not a fire hazard
Can use year after year
No need to water
Pay for once and done
Last several years

Need to store somewhere year after year
Have to "rearrange" the branches often
Same tree, different year

Ok, so I *was* on the real side Monday night but now that I have made this list I am waffling a bit.

Some fun facts about Christmas Trees I found:

  • The top Christmas Tree producing states are Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Washington . Oregon is #1!
  • There are approximately 25-30 million Real Christmas Trees sold in the U.S. every year. Holy Christmas Tree, Batman!
  • For every Real Christmas Tree harvested, 1 to 3 seedlings are planted the following spring.
  • It can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree of typical height (6 - 7 feet) or as little as 4 years, but the average growing time is 7 years.

What are you?  Real or fake?  What have I missed between my pros and cons?  Help me out here.

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Holiday Time Unlit 7.5' Donner Fir Artificial Christmas Tree


  1. We get a real tree every year. I'm thinking of getting a fake one though for the family room. Then I can have two trees every year, one real and one fake. The best of both worlds:)

  2. I used to be absolutely anti-fake tree! Then I had children, and pets, and not enough time to for anything...and realized, hmmm, no pine needles, no watering, no buying over and over and hauling home. Yup, I'm all about the fake tree now!

  3. That's Australia for you - fake is so much easier to come by. Real Xmas trees in Oz sure don't look as good as Oregon Xmas trees.

    Much of my time in Oregon was spent horse riding through the rows of Xmas trees. Probably wasn't meant to be but I was teenager - that's my excuse anyway

    So tattoo, hubby, sun - you were checking when he got home, so what's the verdict? You know I won't sleep tonight if I don't know LOL


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