questionsis your christmas tree fake or real?

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Both. We have an enormous PITA fake tree that takes a good 45 minutes to assemble. The lights are a whole 'nother issue. I have to layer them because the tree is so dense. Lights on the branches all the way close to the "trunk," then half way out on the branches, and then the last layer being on the outer edges of the tree. Easily, that tree take over 1600 lights.

Being in a bad mood when he was taking the decorations down from the overhead, my husband said "Command decision! This year, we're buying a fresh tree. I'm NOT hauling that piece of FOD tree down this year!"
So I went out and purchased what has turned out to be the Charlie Browniest of trees. It even came with BEES. Lovely. And it's been sitting naked in the house since last week. Happy holidays my a$$.

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@lavikinga: sounds like a sore subject. Funny though.

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@lavikinga: Bees? Seriously!

Anyway, I have a fake tree, mainly because that's what my family has always used because of allergies to real trees.

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I'm allergic to real christmas trees... Not to mention I've heard that people use those huge fields of trees as a hiding spot for mobile meth labs.

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Fake... But only cause I'm too lazy to get a real tree for only a few days that we are going to be home to enjoy it. Too much travel around the holidays to get realy serious about our own decorations

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I prefere real, natural products that are socially conscious. I am attracted to the tradition of celebrating Christmas with a real tree in my home.

A benefit to the atmosphere, real Christmas trees absorb carbon dioxide and other gases, emitting fresh oxygen and flavors.

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Mine is completely faux with the fiber optic lights. My mom has a faux one with the standard Christmas lights and every year she has a section that is not lighting up. Every year she has to go through a hundred lights to find one dead one, or worse, two. That's why I decided to go with a fiber optic one. Plus I got it at Wal-Mart after Christmas for $60. So if something does break, I haven't lost a ton of money. Call me cheap and lazy, but tying a Christmas tree to the top of the car, driving it home (the whole time hoping it doesn't go flying off into the car behind you), lugging it into the house, trying to get it upright, and then having about a thousand needles to clean up afterwards is a pain. Not to mention you are still finding needles well into Spring.

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@miketay89: We've gotten to the point where we open a bottle of Sangiovese before we tackle putting together that tree. By the time the bottle is finished, the assembly is finished...more or less.

@gewoodworth: Bees. Or bee-like insects. They looked like reddish black wasps/hornets. Thankfully, the cats & dogs (we have two of each--why yes, we are nuts) managed to take out several of them without getting stung. Tree went back outside for thorough inspection & cleaning. NEXT year when he says "live tree," I'll say "bee tree."

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We went fake this year, as a kid we always had a real one-- but I can't justify the cost any more. For 50 bux, I've got a tree that will last me several years vs spending money on something that we'll end up throwing out in just a few weeks.

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For last several years we have been buying a real tree -with root ball and planting it in the yard after Christmas. We now have 8 evergreens of different kind

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My tree is real, not imaginary or virtual it is a real object you can touch. Having said that; it's a cool artificial tree with built in LEDs and fiber optic lighting. 7ft fiber optic tree is really cool looking.

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We got a fake pre-lit tree a couple of years ago and love it. I used to spend several hours lighting the tree to make it look just right, but now that it is already done I don't worry so much.

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At my father's house they have a tiny fake one in their living room but a large one in the front yard that he will be decorating this year. The good thing is he will be doing it so it will look nice and since it is outside my step mother won't put tinsel on it. She has a three foot tree that you can't see the green because she covered the tree in tinsel. Thankfully she can't do that outside.
When I get to japan on Wednesday my buddy and I will come up with something so no clue yet to whether I will have a fake tree or not.

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Real. We used to do a fake one, but when we moved into a house with 20' ceilings in our living room we decided it was too small. So, instead of buying a new fake one we did a real one one year, and never went back.

I'd like to do the ones that you can plant afterwards, but we always seem to drop the ball on doing that.

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I prefer the look of a real one, but they are a pain. So we have a fake one.

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We have 2 fake ones, 1 upstairs 1 downstairs.

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Fake for this and the last two years.

Grew up with a seven foot fake tree and had a four foot fake tree the first few years of marriage. After we bought a house, we started getting real ones, which I kept doing after we split up until getting the current fake one.

I remember thinking when I got it that I will break even on the fake tree after this (third) Christmas using it, though I'm not planning to dump it for a while.

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Grew up with a fake tree and hated it. No tree smell, PITA to set up, etc.

Real tree! Complete with pine smell, pine needles EVERYWHERE, tree sap, water, etc. Worth it.

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Real is the only way to go

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Mine's as real as a fake tree gets.

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I grow a pine tree in a pot in the backyard! Every December, I would bring it in for Christmas. When it proves to be too big for the pot, I bring it somewhere to plant it. Maybe I'll plant the one I currently have at a park. With permission, or course.

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Scentcicles! http://www.enviroscent.com/Scentsicles Found these this year at Michael's for around $4. They sort of really DO smell like the real thing. I picked up two packs and am going to stash a few here & there around the house once I start decorating-- behind the ball on decorating this year. I want the whole house to smell like Christmas.

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Fake. Awesome tree actually. 7.5 foot tall, but only three pieces and gobs of lights already on it. Stack the three pieces together and spend 10 minutes unsmashing the branches from the box and it looks great. :-)

If I had kids, I may do the real tree thing. But for me, this is plenty good enough.

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Real. Saturday I took my wife and kids to a local tree farm. It was a beautiful sunny (but brisk) day and we tromped around for a while looking for the perfect tree. We finally settled on a nicely shaped 9ft Grand fir, cut it down with a saw provided by the farmer, and my son and I hauled it back to the vehicle. $15 and they even gave the kids candy canes. I like to support the local farmers when I can. The house smells great this week from the fresh cut tree in the living room.

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Fake, pre-lit. I live on the edge of a National forest so I could get my permit and cut my own, but I'll leave mine for someone else.

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I grew up with real trees until I was around 15 or so. Then we'd have a real one and a fake one when we hosted the extended family Christmas party. Now that I'm on my own, I've been using an artificial tree for the past decade. Next year I think I'll venture to a real one though...

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Both... But the fakes are colorful fun ones... The real tree has the place of honor.. But this year we're travelling, and so it's fake all the way. :-(

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Fake. My Dad had a cousin that burned his house down with a real tree a few years ago, so real trees are out of the question for him.

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fake, that way when my sons (aka the brothers of destruction) topple it we don't have to deal with the dirty water spill

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Always grew up with a fake tree, eventually I inherited the fake one, and used it a few years, but it got fairly sparse due to being like 40 years old. It was a sad day when it went in the trash.

Last year I had a 2 foot fake tree, realized I almost ruined Christmas for my girlfriend because I only got it a week before Christmas, so this year, I'm going for a real one. I'm sure she will be much happier!

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Fake and old but it keeps holding up so I can't bring myself to buy a new one.

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Fake - good for cheap/lazy college students to not have to clean up after or replace every year. Plus most of my apt leases specifically ban real trees. =[

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Fake now, my wife is allergic and we aren't in the largest condo in the world. I grew up with real, but they are a mess. And we got this one half off when our local ACE was going out of business this summer.

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@lavikinga: I love those Scentcicles!! Especially the Pine. Makes it feel more like Christmas if you don't have a real tree. :-)

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Always real. But I do have a 3' fake fiber optic one I keep in the basement room too.

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Real. The only downside is that we have to wait until about a week before Christmas to get one, or else it is a dry and brittle mess before the new year comes around. Everyone with the fakes has them up much longer (I swear lots of people are putting them up before Thanksgiving now), which I am jealous of!

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@pitamuffin: We put our fake tree up either Thanksgiving evening or the next day after shopping.

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We have a fake tree without the lights. It's such a pain to set up, but it can't be that much more work than a real tree and it's definitely cheaper.

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Real! Usually we cut our own. But this year we were a little short on cash and found some drunk guys selling them cheap and freshly cut. Got a nice and full 7 footer for $25. Love the smell and atmosphere of a real tree in the house.