Wednesday, November 30, 2011

are yours real or fake?






Ummmm...the subject of todays post is GREENS....as in Christmas Trees and Wreaths. 

Lets not let our minds go crazy places with what I am asking is real or fake, ok?

Trees. Wreaths. 

That is all. 

Just thought that title might wake everyone up this morning. 

{wink...wink...}




Artificial trees & wreaths have always been part of my Christmas. My parents always had a 'fake' tree and I have 3 of them for our house, but truth be told, I {LOVE} the look of a real tree. 




I love the irregular shape, the smell, the natural look it has. It is just so "me".  





And to be honest, I love the idea of not having to store anything in my basement the 335 days of the year I am not using it. 

(By the way, isn't that mini flag bunting on the tree below just the cutest??? I am in love with it! I have a feeling we will be seeing bunting on one of our trees this year. It is just so simple and sweet. )






 I feel a little guilty about cutting down a living, thriving tree only to let it decorate my house for a month, then throw it to the curb as soon as its loveliness fades. But after talking to a blog friend on the phone last night, she has me feeling a little better about it. She pointed out tree farms grow Christmas trees just for this purpose, so I am not just randomly kiling an innocent tree. 

And I realize she probably things I am a total nut for even worrying about it in the first place. But I am making my annual trek to the Northwind Perennial Farm in Burlington, WI this weekend and I need to decide if I am going to come home with a tree strapped to my roof or not. 

(By the way...if you are anywhere near Southern Wisconsin and love big old barns, french pastries, gorgeous Christmas greens and fabulous antiques & home decor...you have to make the trek to Northwind. You can read about my visit last here and here. It is AMAZING!)



(all images can be found via my Pinterest board - Christmas)

So I just have to know, girls....

REAL or FAKE??

What are you doing this year? 











39 comments:

  1. Sorry to say, fake. I would love a real tree and I always pick up a table tree from Trader Joe's.

    Your images are so beautiful, now I've got to decorate.

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  2. I love to have a real Christmas tree but in the years past we have always had a fake tree. Christmas trees are very costly down here in Florida and dry out quickly. I do love the smell and look of a real tree. I may have to spend the money this year?
    Smiles, Paula

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  3. I have a fake tree, and a real wreath in the house. But, nothing is like a real tree... and i've heard the same as you, that real trees are grown just for that reason, and that fakes are actually worse for the environment overall...

    Cindy

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  4. I have real and fake... But your right there is just something about a REAL one that just makes it Christmas.

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  5. We have our annual outing to our local Christmas Tree Farm coming up this weekend. I can't wait. Your trees have inspired me.

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  6. We have a real tree from a Christmas tree farm. Going to get our tree has become a tradition that (I hope!) is creating some great memories for our daughter. Plus, the farm is a great place to take our Christmas card photos! :) I agree, I feel a little bad about cutting down the tree, too. But it also feels good to support a family business, and it's in their own self-interest to responsibly replinish with new growth, so maybe that balances out?

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  7. Well, we live in Oregon and my dh comes from a timber family so......it's always real! Even when I was single living in an apartment I went out and hauled a live tree home (up two sets of stair I might add!)
    Gotta be real for us.....we love the smell of a real tree.

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  8. I love real trees, but for the past 5 years have used artifical. I just don't like the mess it makes when you have to take it down-finding the dry needles weeks later! But, I do miss the smell of the real tree.

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  9. We don't cut down our own tree but we have always had a real one. Even growing up. I can't imagine not having that fragrance throughout the house! It speaks Christmas to me!

    Happy Holidays, Mary!

    XO,
    Jane

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  10. we have fake trees as well. i do love the look of real trees, but i'm allergic to them. my mom had a real tree until i was about 10 or so and once we realized we were all allergic to the real trees and she bought a fake tree, it made christmas a bit more fun! and they just downsized to a smaller house, so i got her HUGE tree and she took my little one. :)

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  11. Grew up always getting real. But 8 years ago, I just got SO SICK of spending four to six hours putting lights on a tree every year. It coincided with finally finding a fake that looks real - layered branches with spacious gaps, a real wood trunk, pine coned and molded-plastic branches instead of nylon. You have to touch it to know it's fake. But I sure miss the smell - so I usually get some fresh greens to put in containers around the house.

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  12. This is the first year my husband and I bought a real tree and to be honest, I don't see myself getting a fake one in the future....Just the experience of going out with the kids and picking out the perfect tree with the whole family is priceless and the smell is just lovely....=) Xoxoxo

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  13. I love, love, love real trees, but I hate, hate, hate the mess they make in my house! Our first year we had a real tree, and I loved the smell but I was finding sap and needles all over my upstairs for a year afterward! Last year we were really torn on what to do, but we ended up purchasing a pre-lit fake tree, and I really love it. I insisted that if we were going fake it had to look as realistic as possible, and be pre-lit, and it is both. I buy Yankee Candle Balsam & Cedar room spray & candles every year to keep it smelling like a real tree though. That's the part I miss most.

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  14. i was going to say the same thing- they are raised for the purpose- they are SO much better for the environment than a fake tree that will eventually poop out and be in the landfill. so yes- mine are real and they are spectacular! ;)

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  15. we used to do real but they dried out so fast. Also I am allergic, my hands would itch and break out. I have a tinsel (think antique champagne color)and I love it with all my vintage ornaments.
    BTW the others are real;)

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  16. REAL!! :) garland and trees :) i love them and the smell is the best!

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  17. REAL ALL THE WAY BABY! I even went into the countryside and cut my greens from trees at abndoned farm houses....while I dreamt off how I could redo them....We bought the Frasier fir- HAS to be a Frasier fir. When we are done with it, we take it to our nature center and they either woodchip it into chips for on the hiking trails or sink it into the lake for fish habitat. No guilt here. :) Hoped to see you this weekend at Kane:(

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  18. Oh dear,(she says looking down & digging the toe of her shoe into the snow).....hmmmm, fake. There - I said it. And not only that, but this year (here we go)....it is white too. And, not only that -- (here we go all the way).........it was picked out of the free bin at a thrift sale.

    See -- we own land -- wooded land filled with trees--but they are my family and I would no sooner cut one down then shoo a barn cat out of the barn.

    So, fake it is for me...and even an adopted white one at that.
    Kari

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  19. We have real trees... a cut one for the living room, and a live one for the front porch that we can plant in the yard after the holidays.
    I wanted two live ones (our yard needs lots of landscaping), but the family out-voted me!

    http://new1790house.blogspot.com/2011/12/its-beginning-to-look-lot-like.html

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  20. I always do an artificial tree. My husband had always done a real tree before we married. But we have six four-legged furry "kids" running around (who don't know better than to eat plants), and so many of the "real" trees and plants of Christmas can make them sick. So we stick to the fake. Plus, it's so much easier to clean up, I don't have to worry about a fire hazard, and I don't have to mess with watering it. They make wonderfully scented candles now, that can bring the scent of evergreen into the home, without having a real tree.

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  21. My vote is for a real tree. I have already been to the tree farm in the N.C. mountains. It will never matter how old I ever get, the experience of picking my tree always makes me child-like. The smell in my house is "Christmas". Because it was cut "fresh", my trees have always lasted me through Christmas. After taking off the ornaments, I put the tree outside as shelter for the birds and hang fruit and suet out for them. The tree usually will last on through January and eventually be taken to the preserve for the beaver. Good luck with your decision. Whichever way you go will be the right way for you

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  22. Usually real, except when you have he cat from hell, who climbs Christmas trees. Then you have none. Bah humbug!!!!! :-(

    XOXO,
    Anne, the Grinch

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  23. We love our real tree. You won't regret it if you decide to get one!! :)

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  24. Real. all real. Garlands, wreaths ( I have 3 preserved boxwood) I grew up with several fake trees. And, one year we had a live tree... in fact, our mini one is live too. So you could always splurge and buy a real live one and decorate it, then plant it in your yard :) I didn't read the comments... someone may have already suggested it.... anyhow, just water it and don't leave it inside too long. Ask the nursery which tree might be best for that. We will be cutting ours down from a family run tree farm this year. They always replace the trees with new ones. Sometimes I feel bad. But I also feel bad when I eat a steak.

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  25. We have a fake tree because our first apartment stated we weren't allowed to have real trees in our lease so now we're stuck with this one. I want a real one, but we're going on our honeymoon right after Christmas and I don't want it to dry out while we're gone.

    Btw, I'm totally checking out your pinterest board now :)

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  26. We usually do fake...always have even as a child.
    This year, I bought my first real tree and I am in love !
    But since I have 4 trees, The tiny one in the kitchen is real and living! It will be planted in the Spring but the same reasons you mentioned. I just had issues cutting down living things for a few weeks enjoyment!
    But the other two trees are artificial and I still like them too!

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  27. unfortunately fake. we are just a little too practical. sure love the smell of real though.

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  28. Fake...only because we own it and it requires no money out of pocket to pull it out and gussy it up. Frugal is the name of the game around here.

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  29. Fake here and loving it!! I keep my tree up year around and decorate it for all the holidays! Fun!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  30. I've never had a fake tree. I find them terribly boring so perfectly shaped.... Sometimes we get a small 4' tree other times a 9' beauty. We buy from a family run tree farm and we "recycle" it after Christmas for compost.
    Happy Holidays!

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  31. Both. Real tree, mixed with real and fake greenery. I have a couple small fake trees, but our main tree has always been real.

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  32. fake :( i love real but keep mine up for too long and it gets really dry.

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  33. We always did fake until last year and I finally convinced my family how much fun tromping around looking for the perfect tree would be... so now we do real... I LOVE IT! THey smell amazing... I just can't forget to water it every day...

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  34. Against my husbands wishes we have two fake trees up...but the xmas tree scentsy must be burning : ) Thank you for sharing all of your adventures and great finds! Your blog is always a pleasure to read.

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  35. Fake. I just can't justify spending so much money every year for something that will only be up for a month.

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  36. growing up we always had real trees and my parents still do. when my kids were little like 2 and a new baby watering the real tree was just enough to put me right over the edge so i begged for a fake tree. fast forward six years and another baby and i'm ready to go back to my real tree......funny how such a small thing overwhelmed me at the time! susan

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