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Do you prefer real or artificial Christmas trees?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on December 19, 2008

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“I have to say artificial because they are more environmentally friendly and way cheaper.”

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“Definitely a real tree. It’s not Christmas without a real tree.”

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“Artificial trees — they’re easier to put up and take down and less mess.”

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“I would say a real tree because of the smell.”

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jonas_opines 9 years, 6 months ago

No preference, but with four cats our fake tree still doesn't get destroyed, so I guess it's better this way.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 9 years, 6 months ago

Real... enhancing the natural landscape from which they sprang.

reanne 9 years, 6 months ago

I grew up with fake, I prefer fake trees. My husband grew up with real trees...but this year...we got a fake tree. :) They are easier to clean up and little pine needles all over the hard wood floor... I do like the smell of real trees. But thats what christmas tree scented candles, diffusers and wallflowers are for from bath and body works! Plug those suckers in..and waa-lah! :)

Chris Ogle 9 years, 6 months ago

I like that one... Temporarily Retired.

canyon_wren 9 years, 6 months ago

I prefer a real tree. Where I live, we can go cut one easily for $5 in the forest or on BLM land, so cost isn't a factor. I am shocked by the prices of real ones at Home Depot, etc., so know that buying one must not be a real option for a lot of people, especially this year. I can appreciate that fake trees are more "environmentally friendly" and may be handier, but if it were impossible for me to either cut my own tree, or buy one because of the high cost, I would just do without a tree. With two new kittens this year (first time I have had "indoor" pets) I am experiencing what other posters have commented on--but am not sure that having an artificial tree would make that much difference!

dajudge 9 years, 6 months ago

I like a processed real tree. First, you take wood pulp and make paper. Then, hire a Japanese Origame master to fold the paper into the shape of a real tree. Finally, spray paint it green and spray some pine-sol on it for the authentic smell. The cats won't climb it either.

formerlawrenceres 9 years, 6 months ago

I'm glad I am not the only one with feline/tree problems. We have a kitten for the first time and he is insane. I swear he has kitten ADD. Our poor artificial tree looks like a Charlie Brown tree. By the time we get home for the day he usually has a few branches on the floor and ornaments everywhere. I even had to take the presents and put them away cause he has taken most of the ribbon and bows off of them.

jonas_opines 9 years, 6 months ago

"We have a kitten for the first time and he is insane. I swear he has kitten ADD."When you already said kitten, insane and ADD became redundant and unnecessary.

sgtwolverine 9 years, 6 months ago

I like the look of real trees, but I like the convenience of fake trees.

sunflower_sue 9 years, 6 months ago

fake. The year I had a real tree, I spent the next year trying to pick needles out of the carpeting.

janeyb 9 years, 6 months ago

I love a real tree, but one year I noticed my tree having this wonderful soft glow. I walked up to it and it was shrouded in cobwebs and thousands of tiny spiders and they had extended their web up to my ceiling and were marchng up it like a little army. The tree went outside fast. Check your real tree for spider eggs. I have a little artifical tree now.

trinity 9 years, 6 months ago

environmentally friendly, lol...i have used real trees for many years (remember the one that fell over&i was all screamin' for help, hawklet21??); and they absolutely CAN be environmentally friendly, peeps!!!! i had a guy that'd get my used real tree every year&run it through his chipper shredder thingie for nice mulch/garden chips. then i know a couple of people with really nice big farm ponds that clamored for my real tree when i was done with it; they'd throw 'em in the pond for a fish habitat. so a real tree, not environmentally friendly?? pish tosh! and you CAN get 'em potted and replant 'em too! i imagine tho it is far more earth friendly to buy some fugly fake tree that costs a small fortune but was assembled by workers paid a dime an hour in some depressed third world country and then ship 'em by boat, semi truck, train, etc-all which belch toxic fumes. i love real trees.

mom_of_three 9 years, 6 months ago

I would love to have a real tree, but with the stuff you put in the water ( or used to), I am afraid the pets will drink it. Since cats will knock over the tree or try to, and the ornaments, an artificial tree will not shed all over the floor when the knock it over, like a real tree will.

Jennifer Forth 9 years, 6 months ago

Real tree. How does a fake tree produce CO2 and help clean the air? How does a fake tree made of petroleum product help the environment? For every real tree, there is a new one planted to keep the cycle going.And yes I drive a Hybrid and shop at the Merc.

countrygirl 9 years, 6 months ago

I love real trees but allergies in the family prevent me from having one in the house. I miss my kitty sleeping under the tree. We lost him about 2 years ago and I haven't been able to bring myself to get another one yet.

ms_canada 9 years, 6 months ago

I have an artificial tree and that suits us just fine. Now then, RI - officially, we don't talk about quarts and gallons here in Canuck land. It's kilograms and litres. (Note the french spelling.What about a cup of coffee? Does the waitress in your favourite cafe, (again note the spelling difference) actually measure out 8 oz. of java for you. If you answer yes, would you, upon visiting Ottawa, Can. expect the waitress to measure it out exactly. If so, she would do that in mililiters and that would be 250 ml. for a cup of java. Metric makes sense. Consider the difference between dry and wet measure. Order coffee, would you like that in beans or liquid. Liquid is 250 ml. and beans would be 250 kg. Kilograms. You know instantly which is which.

Connacht 9 years, 6 months ago

"A real tree. One must hate Christmas and America if they purchase a fake tree that is surely made in China."Yeah, of course that logic makes sense. Because nothing you buy could possibly be made in China, nor certainly any of the chemicals, machines, or tools used in the cultivation of those real pine trees. I'm not going to suffer allergies and being sick for a real pine tree. If that means I hate Christmas and America, I promise you I will cry about it all night long.

hawklet21 9 years, 6 months ago

trinity- didn't a certain little kitty have something to do with that tree fiasco?? I'm asleep... at about 5 a.m.... and I hear this pathetic "(Hawklet)....(Hawklet)...HAWKLET GET YOUR BUTT OUT OF BED I NEED YOUR HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLP!!!!!" lol. Nothing like seeing trinity trapped under one of her famous 10 foot tall trees. I'm laughing just thinking about it. :-P

jonas_opines 9 years, 6 months ago

connacht: An fyi, check the batteries on your sarcastometer.

ms_canada 9 years, 6 months ago

RI -in any part of Canada you would get 8.453505639725 oz. of coffee in that cup, if you say so. I am not too good at the math. I don't know what the heck a barista is. I probably would think she is a bar worker serving alcoholic drinks and salted almonds like they do in Spain and Portugal. and because I have a background in spanish, I would say that barista is the feminine version of baristo. And, I must say that most of the cafe workers are female/baristas. I find that in fine restaurants those that serve are more inclined to be male. Always dressed in black slacks and white shirts with a tie. We call them waiters not baristos. I don't believe any laws are involved.

ms_canada 9 years, 6 months ago

TOB - thank you for pointing that out for me. Sooo, does that mean he works in a bar? Or could he possibly work in a restaurant? Sorry for my ignorance, but we do not use that term here, that I know of. But I am going to ask my grandson, David, who works as a bouncer in a bar/sports club.

notajayhawk 9 years, 6 months ago

The fake ones are crunchier but the real ones help keep me regular.

jonas_opines 9 years, 6 months ago

"I was 100% certain that I contructed that post to be completely devoid of anything that would cause someone to take it seriously."As far as I can tell, that's next to impossible.

bevy 9 years, 6 months ago

I would have thought it was barista for female and baristo for male, but according to Webster ( I am wrong. It says a person who works behind a bar or a person who serves people coffee. So Ms. C, you weren't far off on that one. Apparently Starbucks has not yet overrun your country, or you would have heard the term barista before. I first saw it in the help wanted ads in this here fine newspaper.

Chrissy Neibarger 9 years, 6 months ago

I have a small 2 foot artificial tree. Spray painted it black, and decorated it with white lights and silver skulls, dragons and such. Have had it up since Halloween now. Fits perfectly with my dislike for xmas.

ms_canada 9 years, 6 months ago

bevy - well we do have a lot of Starbucks, one in every mall. And in our mighty cold country, we have a lot of large malls. There are even Starbucks outlets in some of the book stores. Do you have Chapters book stores in Lawrence? I know I was in one in San Diego. Can't remember if there was a Starbucks in that one. I don't know, barista just sounds spanish to me.

leadstone 9 years, 6 months ago

maxames- Right on.I don't exactly believe in Christ so real or fake all means real fake to me, but actual trees do have that unique smell. I'm more fond of that than the actual holliday. That,and 90-proof nog.

pomegranate 9 years, 6 months ago

Countrygirl: We also have had fake trees for years and years because our daughter is allergic to real ones. And just barely a year ago we had to have one of our 2 cats put to sleep. I miss that little cat every day. She use to sit on my vanity when I was getting ready in the morning, and she always sat on my desk right here by my computer. She was so sweet, I know she is in kitty heaven now.

ms_canada 9 years, 6 months ago

Yes for sure pomegranate your sweet little cat is in heaven with my Tazzy and Camille. I miss my Tazzy every day. She was the sweetest cat in the world.

trinity 9 years, 6 months ago

hawklet, i think by that year the beautiful little calico had already been banished to the outdoors. she just was not meant to be an indoor cat! ever! she never climbed the tree but sure gave the lower ornaments heck. no, the great tree fall in the living room was due to this writer not securing it in the stand properly. and that one was a BIG'un! 5 a.m. is an awful time of day to duke it out with a huge real xmas tree. ;) le sigh i miss the 10 foot trees.

sustainabilitysister 9 years, 6 months ago

Actually real trees from a tree farm are GREAT for the environment and make great habitat for wildlife. They are MUCH more environmentally friendly than fake ones.

Deja Coffin 9 years, 6 months ago

We always got real trees when we were younger and when christmas was over, put them in a pond. (if you didn't use tinsel) but as of now with the little ones I just stick with the cheap, low maintenance fake ones.

Linda Endicott 9 years, 6 months ago

When I was a kid we had real trees all the time...back then, it was much cheaper, only the rich could afford an artificial it seems that it's just the opposite...I don't know about most of you, but I can't afford $40 for a real tree...when I was a kid we never had to pay more than $3 for one...Sometimes I miss the real tree, but if it's only the scent of pine or cedar that you want, you can always pick up a sprig or two here and there and get the same effect...seems that when I had a real tree I was constantly having to water it, and still parts of it would dry out before the season was over...nothing like hearing the crash and tinkle of glass ornaments falling on the floor because a branch suddenly gave way...Anyway, I've had a fake one for years now (same tree) well with my kitty, too...actually my vet tells me that having a real tree around dogs and cats is not good, as they like to try and eat the fallen needles, and that can be fatal to them...all of my ornaments are plastic now, so no worry about kitty breaking them...and they've got some really beautiful plastic ornaments now...

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