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Real Christmas Tree vs. Artificial?

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Do you prefer to have a real tree during the holiday season or an artificial one?

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Seems kind of sick for a woodworker to have a plastic tree. Even though they are getting better at making plastic trees they still don't have the same look, feel or smell of a real wood tree.
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I agree with Steve above, but I'm guilty. We've had artificial trees for years.
An artificial tree can be used for many years if it's stored correctly.
An artificial is less of a fire hazard and less mess on your carpet or floors.
Buy the pre-lit tree and save yourself several hours each year of installing the lighting.
Save the real trees for better things.
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We had a few real ones when the kids were little and if it was up to me we would have a real tree every year.
As of the last several years I found out it wasn't up to me and my wife is very tolerant of my woodworking hobby.
So artificial it is and My God she was buying a new artificial every year for a while ....I just weekly smile and dream about my next machine purchase.
I will surely die penniless and be put in an artificial casket.
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Artificial. The live trees make a huge mess, and are a fire hazard.
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Real tree, love the smell and my wife loves to decorate.

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Artificial. The live trees make a huge mess, and are a fire hazard.
Live trees do not make a mess unless you fail to water them appropriately. They are also not a fire hazard.

When I was very young we always had a live tree. Afterward Christmas the tree would be planted in a prominent spot in the yard.

These days I do not even know of a nursery that sells live trees. All I ever see are cut trees.

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I love the smell----so it is 'real' for me-----
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Depends....

Celebrating with elderly, in their usually dinky little place.... artificial.

Celebrating at home, with my kid, real one, from the farm where the horses pull you out to the plot they're cutting this year, and sleigh or wagon ride you pack to the barn with your prize.

Celebrating with church one year back in the day, one still growing far from city lights but close to bonfire, icy stream, waist deep snow....

If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway!
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Live trees do not make a mess unless you fail to water them appropriately. They are also not a fire hazard. When I was very young we always had a live tree. Afterward Christmas the tree would be planted in a prominent spot in the yard. These days I do not even know of a nursery that sells live trees. All I ever see are cut trees. George
Cut trees are a fire hazard unless you keep them for like two days, and cut trees do make a mess.
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When we were younger, we always had a real tree. Now, we pull out the plastic one each year due to the convenience and cost savings.

One of the years that we had a real tree, we had moved into a new neighborhood. Just a few young families were on the cul-de-sac street. After the new year, we all got the bright idea to drag out our trees and start a bon fire in the road. I was shocked when the match touched them off. They went off in an explosive inferno. That gave me a true respect for just how much of a fire hazard they can be.
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Growing up, we always had a real tree. When all of us kids moved out, my parents decided it was madness to keep paying more and more for a real tree, so finally got a fake tree. When the wife and I moved into our current home, we didn't set up a tree the first year. After Christmas, we found a fake tree on sale at Home Depot for $17.

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As an ex- volunteer fire fire fighter I do not have a real tree for a number of reasons: they can be a fire hazzard if not properly taken care of, shorts in strings of lights, over loaded outlets, etc. Real trees have become waaaaaaay to expensive. Plastic trees are expensive at first cost but pay for themselves over the years. My biggest problem with real trees is that my son has bad allergies and he is allergic to real Christmas trees!!!!!!!
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Real trees that you cut down yourself with the help of your daughter.


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Our artificial tree is a pain in the behind to set up. Individual branches make it a real chore.
So I went looking for a replacement. $250 bucks for a plastic tree? YGBSM!
I think I'm going real this year.
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Artificial. Why? Allergies.

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Being raised by a Dad who loved Christmas with all the decorations, lights, & trimmings, we always had a live cut tree. Even after I left home, he continued to have a live cut tree, but smaller versions each year. Finally in his late 80's, his wife decided to put up a 10 inch ceramic tree. He said "it wasn't Christmas for him any more, and passed away the following year. As for me - I have BOTH! The dwarf pine that lives on all year, and an artificial tree that stays up weeks after the holiday. Be safe.
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We went to get our tree last night. I don't go to either of the tree lots in town as I don't care for the guy running them so its either LOWE'S or MENARD'S. MENARD'S had a sale going so they were our first stop. Found the tree we wanted but needed someone to help net it ect. Had to go inside and ask at service desk for help. "We'll send some one right out" she promised. We go back out and manage to get the tree up to the netting rig and wait. I saw several associates pass by the door and make eye contact and then quickly look away and head off. After twenty minutes I let the tree fall flat on the floor next to my full shopping cart and proceeded to walk out. I told my wife not to bother with a gift card from there this year and we headed to LOWE'S. Five minutes to find our tree another five to get it netted paid for and out the door.
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Real tree, love the smell and my wife loves to decorate.
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We buy a REAL christmas tree from an organization that takes the benefits and gives it to people in need... WIN WIN WIN!
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Live tree. Love the smell and if you keep it watered it doesn't make much of a mess. I have had fake ones before and had to clean up after them as well so...Real Christmas Tree vs. Artificial?-imageuploadedbywood-working-talk1451318379.136389.jpg

wish I had a cool line like everyone else...
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