Our Newly Decorated Tree!

Remember my post about our Christmas tree? Shortly after I wrote the post, we decorated the tree so I didn’t manage to get a picture of the decorated tree in that post.

P.S. Can you see the red crane ornament hanging off the tree on the left side?

Question: Do you get a real Christmas Tree, or an artificial tree (if you celebrate Christmas)?


  1. Joan says

    Joshua, great tree and picture. Yes, I see the crane. Hmm could it be yours ;). We always had a real tree until we moved to SC and the heat destroyed it so we went the way of artificial. Now in Colorado at our daughter’s they use artificial and we use our small (two) artificial her in our apartment downstairs. Have a blessed CHRISTmas.

  2. Kayla says

    I love your handmade ornaments. The Christmas tree is one of my favorite things to do while decorating as I collect ornaments. My family had a real tree while I was growing up but when I was finally able to decorate it I learned that I was allergic to the pine tree we had. So after that year my parents got an artificial one. The smell of real trees in a confined space still bothers me to this day so I too have an artificial one. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas season.

  3. Libby says

    Living in New England we are able to find Christmas trees for $15. I love the smell of fresh pine in the house. I think Christmas trees are magical and love to turn off all the lights in the house except for the tree and lie underneath it looking up. It’s like being in a kaleidoscope!

    So real trees for us!

    P.S. I love the red crane. Awesome placement for maximum viewing ; )

  4. says

    I spotted the crane before reading your PS~ yay for morning coffee! :p This is our 1st year with an artificial tree- 13 years of real trees, and this year we went artificial. My kids were NOT happy. The problem is we live in NC, and it has been warm and I wanted the tree up sooner and longer- I can do that with the fakey- plus no needles to vacuum. And if I want to have a Christmas in July party in 2012- I’m all set! Can you see how I’m trying to justify the faker? I love it, but I have to admit- it’s just not the same.

  5. Brenda says

    Same problem as Kayla here – I have allergic reactions to some trees. We also have a small living room and don’t want to spend a lot on a tree year over year, so we found a full height, but narrow, lighted artificial one on clearance a few years back. It’s not quite the same as real, but it’s super easy to put up and down and still looks great lit up.

  6. WilliamB says

    A few years ago I considered the question of real vs fake very carefully. The considerations included:
    1. Cost. Not just for a year or two, but a long time. I picked 15 years.
    2. Convenience of acquisition and setup: would I buy and set up a real tree every year, and how would I feel if I didn’t have a tree?
    3. Safety: would I always be around over the holiday to water the tree, keeping from being a fire hazard.
    4. Mess.
    5. Quality of tree. When I was young fake trees were very fake. They’re awfully high quality now.

    After balancing all the factors and looking at prices, I got a high-quality fake tree and have used it every year since.

  7. says

    We do a fake tree. I’m not opposed to real trees nor the cost because it seems so neat that families have that tradition of picking out the perfect tree! When I was small my parents got a real tree. We decorated it and it was amazing but I was very sick with allergies the entire time it was in the house. Luckily my parents loved me more a tree and got rid of it quickly. Ever since it’s been a fake tree for me!

  8. says

    My family always got a real tree growing up, but when I moved away for college (and thus was only home for the last two weeks leading up to Christmas) my environmentalist mom got her wish and we bought a small potted tree that we put on a table and put presents under now. It’s a few years old and thriving, but now that I’m married I’m hoping we can start getting big trees again.

    There’s nothing like a real tree!

  9. says

    We’ve always had a “fake” tree but, when we moved form the UK to Portugal, we didn’t bring our long-suffering tree with us.
    Last Christmas, we made do with a cheap fake but this year we needed to either replace with a better quality fake or go real.

    We’re lucky enough to have enough space for a real tree now and it’s a perfect compliment to our wood fire. Our place doesn’t have any form of central heating so the indoor climate is quite good for it too.

    Roaring wood fire, real tree, fresh pine smell. What could be better? :-)

    Great photo, btw. Our tree has folding paper stars (you can just make them out on my last blog post’s photo, I think) and some handmade-with-love decorations also :-)

  10. maria in chicago says

    I see the crane, too! My parents have had artificial trees since I was about your age. When my sis and I were littler, we got fresh ones from a lot just a few blocks away where the tree man set up shop. We lived so close that my parents would just walk over and walk back with the tree, each holding one end, while my sister and I skipped home alongside them. :)

  11. Rebecca P says

    For the last few years, we’ve used a fake tree. However, this year we put it up, and our kitten decided he needed to spend the majority of his time inside it. After a couple of days observing his behavior, we decided we needed to do aething different this year. I bought a small 5 foot real tree and we decorated it with lights and plastic
    Christmas balls only. Our collection of ornaments will remain in the box this year!

  12. Annette McKelvey says

    real tree. it’s the smell, having a bit of nature inside, the beauty, and the tradition – all wrapped into one lovely package. of course, I love, love, love trees – so having one inside to gaze and wonder over is a wonderful gift.

  13. says

    We had a real tree a couple of times growing up but mostly used artificial (I also spent a good portion of my childhood in FL). My husband and I have always had artificial trees. I love putting it up Thanksgiving weekend and keeping it up until Epiphany. I also feel safer if we are going to be traveling for the holidays. Real trees are great too, though :)

  14. Ellen says

    We have a real one… When I went out on my own, I never bought a fake one. I much rather have the real one anyway… but could do without the needles in july! .

    Love your tree!

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