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bob ny    Posted 12-17-2004 at 12:50:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
i am probably goin to start sumpin but how many usr real holiday tree and how many use artificial

Maggie/TX    Posted 12-17-2004 at 22:27:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Real every year. We get any size tree we want from Keith's Trees Christmas Tree Farm just down the road for $18 and he's got acres of them to choose from. They hand you a saw and a rope tied to a short wooden handle to drag the tree with.

When the kids were little and we had no money to spare we used to cut our own pine tree from a friend's spare lot. It was usually scraggly and looked kinda like a Charlie Brown Christmas, but we would cut extra branches from another tree and then drill holes in the trunk of our tree and add branches til it looked right. Some years we had to tie the extra branches on with twine, but the kids loved it. We made some pretty Christmas trees that way. :)

Gunner    Posted 12-17-2004 at 18:29:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Blue Spruce - Thought about a Cedar to be different, but it looks like a Cedar Christmas tree is popular back east.? Our red Cedars would kerry flop over if we stuck ornaments on the branches

donna in w.v    Posted 12-17-2004 at 17:43:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have only gone to a FAKE tree the last 3 years only because when go back to Massachusetts for Christmas week and I don't like leaving the tree and have it all dried out but if I stay home next year the tree stays in the box and I get me a REAL one.

rickstir    Posted 12-17-2004 at 17:40:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Put us down for an Eastern Red Cedar.

Cut it on our place. I too love the smell of cedar.

RN    Posted 12-17-2004 at 17:14:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
For something slightly different- family in SCA decorates 'Bare' tree(leaves fallen maple) with lights and stuffed bird (partridge) toys- as song said-'partridge in a bare (was pare) tree. They have also hung ammunition (cartridges) for more pun. Another couple used to decorate a pot plant- disposal after christmas paid some bills. Youngest brother now in San Antonio- told sister that cactus plants get lights, decorations this time of year. RN.

Ya know ??    Posted 12-17-2004 at 18:27:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Our family loves the special decorations a lot. But what we really like is going out and decorating with natural vegetation.

We cut wild grass, wild grape vines, cedar berries, holly berries, etc. Our Frasier Firs {Umm, the cedars are nice and smell great but cut me to shreds} look exceptional (we think) will all natural decorations. Of course we use lights and some home made decorations but the natural look of the entire tree is truly different.

We always struggle with the tree topper so this year my wife went out and cut a whole bunch of wild wheat and formed it into a kind of "fountain" for the top of the tree. Doesn't light up but looks real nice. It compliments the triangle shape of the tree.

Anyway, we are different in many ways. This is one of ours.

The home made decoration favorite is a cinnamon bear. Loads of cinnamon and water (maybe more Mrs Peanut wont tell me) gets us this pastey goo that we roll up and shape. Everyone makes 2-3" bear shapes complete with dehydrated fruit for garnishment (or unbrellas ... every cinnamon bear needs an umbrella made out of a slice of dried apple and a toothpick). We dry them for a few days and hang them on the tree. Smells and looks very festive.

- Peanut

- Peanut Family, happily different and enjoying every moment

deadcarp    Posted 12-17-2004 at 16:59:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
both - the yard's ful of suspects so throw a popcorn rope on the best one. threre's some lites & tinsel in the garage if you wanna hang em. in the house though we prefer a fiber-optic tree that changes colors. it's more kid & cat proof.

Ron/PA    Posted 12-17-2004 at 16:13:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Real, for years we bought potted, and planted them along our driveway, now we're just buying a cut one.

Donna from Mo    Posted 12-17-2004 at 15:50:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Real, preferably one we can cut ourselves with grandchildren in tow.

BOSS    Posted 12-17-2004 at 14:42:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
A real one. the kind that costs $6 a foot.

Zenia    Posted 12-17-2004 at 14:33:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Doug Fir

big fred    Posted 12-17-2004 at 14:27:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Artificial this year. We're spending Christmas in the California desert, so we can't burn it when we're done with it, and with the pine beetles, we can't just dump it out in the weeds like we would here in Washington. So we're going with artificial this year. Be easier to clean up, too.

Mark    Posted 12-17-2004 at 14:03:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Artificial. Only because my wife and daughters have become allergic to the real ones. They all had to take allergy meds for a month before we got the tree,and this year we deceided to go fake.The girls are not happy about not having a real tree,but they sure aren't wheezing and sputtering around the house and they don't have a bodyful of medicine.Mark

Not only artificial...    Posted 12-17-2004 at 13:15:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
..but it has to be old too.


Peanut    Posted 12-17-2004 at 13:13:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Frasier Fir

EngineerJoyce    Posted 12-17-2004 at 13:13:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Easter Red Cedar.

Must do a tree hunt for Christmas to arrive. Chosen from a pasture hillside on mine or a sibling's farm.

I love the smell of cedar!

Not only real...    Posted 12-17-2004 at 13:06:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
But it has to be a Scotch Pine...



Les    Posted 12-17-2004 at 14:45:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
SCOTCH PINE???? You a flatlander or somethin? Sheesh. ";^0
If it ain't a balsam fir, don't even bother to have one.

LOL!    Posted 12-17-2004 at 15:29:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
See the answer from Pitch...

Exactly why it HAS to be a long-needle...


Well goodness    Posted 12-17-2004 at 16:23:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
gracious, at least get a native tree.
When I lived in VA, they let us go out to a certain area of the post and cut a Christmas tree. I cut a cedar, of all things, because it was the best looking thing there amongst all them scrawny crooked Virginny pinuses. I'm surprised the Christmas tree god didn't strike me dead on the spot.

Pitch    Posted 12-17-2004 at 14:38:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Artificial we used real for twenty years and finally got tired of needles in the carpet and in my socks 3 months after Christmas.

seahag    Posted 12-17-2004 at 15:32:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fake one I am allergic too I spend christmas with my eyes puffed up and glued shut...runny nose etc. I can stand in a pine forest all day and nothing, but in the house ewwww.....Got one from goodwill $2.00 brand new....'

Goodwill aholic.

SusieQ    Posted 12-18-2004 at 02:02:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just a wee artifical one for lamps taller than it....always worked, and the big trees yep real ones, are a thing of the past these decorating my coffee table, which I might add is an old old cedar chest, with copper bands on it, wooden wheels, so it is a treasured gift that was my hubby's grandparents piece...

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