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View Poll Results: real or fake?
real 56 69.14%
fake 18 22.22%
neither, I'm a grinch and I hate christmass 7 8.64%
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:40 AM   #1
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...Christmass trees that is Way back when the wife and I would always get a real tree. I love the fresh pine smell and the natural beauty of a real tree. What I don't like is pine sap, pine needles and that time a short, sharp needle went right through my sock and buried itself in my foot. Nope, didn't like that one bit. So we got a fakey and have been using that the last few years. Its convenient. I leave the lights on, throw it in the closet and pull it out the following season. No fuss no muss but it just looks um...fake. I donno, we're talking about going back with real. So what do you guys prefer, real or fake?

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Old 12-09-2010, 12:44 AM   #2
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None of the above. The Saturnalia does not require a tree, just a swingset.

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I prefer a bare aluminum pole.... Now for the feats of strength!

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there's no "I don't care" option


We have a fake though

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I like real, it's probably more eco-friendly or pc to go fake, and it is certainly more convenient, but my family always went out into the woods a few days before Christmas and hunted a wild tree. The first year we did that my Dad came home with a cat spruce, and didn't realize the mistake until it was in the house a few days and had a chance to come up to room temp.

Anyway, live trees are the tradition in my family, and what are holidays about if not tradition.

Merry Christmas

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My mom is a hallmark ornament collector. She has a massive collection, and always had to have the perfect real tree to display them when we were growing up. Fake trees were basically considered sacrilege. This "real tree" thing was practically programmed into my brain, so I always insisted on a real tree.

Every year the wife would try to talk me into a fake one, but I'd absolutely refuse and use my raising with real trees as my defense. Then, like a square kick in the nuts, we show up at my mom's for Christmas a couple years ago and she now has a 9' tall FAKE EFFING TREE!

Guess what, now we do too.

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Just goes to show, SWMBO, MBO!

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I prefer real, in both the actual and implied question.

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Real trees - it keeps me from using my axe on the wrong pers... I mean thing...

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I like real, it's probably more eco-friendly or pc to go fake, and it is certainly more convenient, but my family always went out into the woods a few days before Christmas and hunted a wild tree. The first year we did that my Dad came home with a cat spruce, and didn't realize the mistake until it was in the house a few days and had a chance to come up to room temp.

Anyway, live trees are the tradition in my family, and what are holidays about if not tradition.

Merry Christmas
Actually, it can be argued that a real christmas tree is more eco friendly, sustainable, as well better for the economy that those fake petrol and metal, produced in china trees. Heres a good read on the subject from my alma mater (and actually my former college, Ag Science) Penn State: http://live.psu.edu/story/50160

Personally, our house growing up always had one real tree in the front window, and one fake in the game room. Since my wife and I bought my parents house, the tradition continues (although we bought our tree at Home Depot instead of going out to a farm to cut one ourselves like the parents used to do). It was actually the wifes first real christmas tree and she was more excited than a kid getting a new Wii.

This will definitely be a family tradition for years to come. Who knows, maybe if we are blessed enough to be able to raise a few children I'll force them to walk around in the woods for a couple hours in order to find the "perfect" tree...
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