Of course I'm talking about Christmas trees... My opinion on this has changed several times over the years.
As a kid growing up in Montana, we always had a real tree. I don't even think I was aware of the fake trees. I think I was oblivious to most stuff and primarily concerned with what was going to be UNDER the tree with my name on it.
As a teen my Grandpa Alger moved in with us and along with him came his fake tree. It was hideous! Picture a green broomstick with four or five rows of branches. Nothing in between but a skinny green garland "bracelet" here and there for the broomstick part. It was not attractive. A few years into that my sisters and I were really wanting a real tree, my mom accommodated us she got us real trees. It was all about real trees for me after that.
But let's face it people, FAKE trees are not what they used to be, THEY ARE WAY BETTER! I have seen some really beautiful ones and did you know some of them come with lights already on them! HOW CONVENIENT IS THAT?!
There are pros and cons to both. A real tree has a great smell, it looks a little different every year and great memories can be associated with going to pick it out or chop it down, etc. A fake tree doesn't drop needles every where, you don't have to drop $20-$75 per year, just once. And like I said, if you get a good one, you don't have to mess with the lights and wrapping them around and around and around until you're all giddy in a dizzy holiday stupor. Plus, you don't have to risk being attacked by a bat who was carried all the way from the forest because somebody chopped it's house down and brought it to the city and you ended up with it's house in your house thus avoiding a series of rabies shots during the holiday season. That's always a plus in my book.
This year we are going with option C and borrowing a fake tree from Matt's mom so we don't have to spend any money whatsoever on a tree. She's so good to us! Thank you MJ! And thanks to Aunt Kathy for giving me the idea for this post and to Amy for helping to inspire me with her comments. I sure do appreciach'ya!
Some days I wave.
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