05 December 2011

the perfect tree

I've been Team Real Tree for a long time now. When we lived in Arizona and Texas, I thought I was allergic to the trees, because I'd get sick every year when we brought the tree in. But when we moved back to the northwest, where all those Arizona and Texas trees came from, I had no problems. I chalk it up to preservatives sprayed on the trees so they'd last for that long journey.

Heading out to the tree farm is one of my favorite holiday time traditions. It can be fun to scout out the perfect tree, that either has a flatish side when we put it against the wall, or looks good all around when we put it in front of the window. (This year is a wall year, and I'm not ashamed to admit that one of my reasons for doing so was to avoid blocking out my main source of indoor natural light.)

But this year, I began to see the appeal of the fake tree. It took us a really long time to find a tree we liked. We wanted a noble fir with strong branches, not too sparse, flat side ok. We hiked all over that tree farm in see-your-breath cold weather. We finally found one, Hubs cut it down, and then spent thirty minutes tying it to the car. When we got home, we realized we could have brought the trailer and just nestled the tree in it. Sigh.

Then came all the wrestling with light strands. I plopped down and said, “Wouldn't a full, pre-lit fake tree with strong branches all around be fabulous right about now?”

But you know, I still love the real tree. No two are alike. It has personality, character. Charm. I think I'll stick to Team Real Tree for another few years, at least.

What about you? Are you Team Real Tree or Team Tree in a Box?

8 comments:

Phyllis said...

Real tree all the way. Especially the lovely orange-scented Concolor or White Pine. Lovely.

Cathy said...

Team Real! I'm loving my tree this year. It's the first year I've been happy with the lights. They are a big pain in the bum to put on though.

Jen said...

I stand firmly on the real tree side. I just can't imagine pulling a tree out of a box (although it would be a lot easier) or missing out on all the crazy things that can happen with a real tree...leaning tower of tree, tree falling over, spider infestation. Besides, the imperfection of Mother Nature is a good reminder for me. :)

Sophie said...

vrai sapin ici aussi, mais nous n'allons pas le choisir (ce doit être assez loin d'ici je crois...), alors c'est la surprise, mais il est toujours assez beau tout de même ;)

Grandpa Bill said...

You remember that we always had real trees when you were growing up, either from a Boy Scout lot, or a couple of times an uncut small tree we planted (unsuccessfully) after Christmas. Mom and I have all those memories to call on when we pull the lighted tree out of the box, and usually there are some smelly greens somewhere. Just close your eyes; all the experiences are still there.

I've been in and around the woods most of my life--what the heck is a Concolor tree???

Wendy said...

I'd be on the Real Tree team, but I live in the high desert. The first year we were here, we paid $80 for a real dead fir. Since then, I'm Tree-in-a-box, which has the added benefit of saving my Hubs the swearing at the tangled lights every year. Someday, with luck, we'll move back to the Pacific Northwest, until then...

abby said...
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abby @{eatrunteach} said...

Team real tree baby! We always had an artificial tree growing up so when I married the hubs I was thrilled to learn they loved real trees. We've had a real tree every year since! I have to say that several times we have made a military move around December and I considered getting a fake tree for those years. Not a concern now. :)

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