Artificial for sure. No mess . No fire hazard. We just switched the lights to a higher voltage since our kids are teens we figure they they won't grab hold of them any more :lol
I've always kind of chuckled at people who recyle paper , but hack down a whole tree for a weeks stay. I'm not a tree hugger , but the site of so many trees post Christmas just flung all over is pretty wasteful.
Good heavens, yes! My aunt had a set of antique clip-on Christmas tree candle holders. Every year, she'd insist on putting them on the tree on Christmas Eve and lighting the candles for a few minutes while we listened to 'O Holy Night'. My father would stand by the tree with a fire extinguisher, and I'd be holding my breath too afraid to look. I was always so relieved when that part was over! I don't miss that tradition.
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Mr. Rose and I are definitely ready for the artificial tree route, but Lil Rose is a senior in high school, and begged us to wait until next year to change this tradition. I asked her what the difference was, unless she's not planning on coming home for Christmas next year? :omg She assured us she'd be coming home, but that she would have less 'pull', since she was no longer living here. Sounded logical, so we relented. :lol
well, we're artificial, but make it a 'memory' tree. Most of the ornaments are from back as the kids grew up. Several years ago I won a tree on a radio contest - $1000 tree - lots of fancy decorations, but it just didn't mean anything.
A couple years ago we got out all the old ones and had a blast remembering.
this is it now.
mkwdood, your tree is beautiful! I'm curious....does your Santa topper light up different colors? If so, we have the same one. :santawave
We're probably getting our tree tomorrow....I'll post a picture of it after it's up and decorated.
Thanks Roseskid -
actually, I didn't have a topper and we went to one of those "Christmas Liquidation' places. Got this Santa topper for $3. It doesn't do anything, but it fits perfect.
The shadow box hanging on the wall has my bean bag clown collection in it. I should see if there is a thread for 'collections'.
mkw, yep there's a "what do you collect" thread buried here in general discussion someplace.
I don't have a good pic of my full tree yet, I was attempting, but everything kept coming out fuzzy for some reason :mmm I'll try again on my day off later this week. I did get a good picture of one of my favorite ornaments though...super cheesy, but I found these 2/$1.00 at Big Lots last year so I snagged the 4 that they had left, what can I say, I'm goofy and loved em. :lol
We went artificial a few years ago, and love it. SOOOO much easier. I frankly don't care who can tolerate it or not, they don't have to come over.
Last January, we bought a new tree, that's pre-lit. It's 7.5 feet tall, and has 900 lights. That's so much easier than our unlit former tree, even though the previous tree looked a bit better.
No tree this year...
...the puppy would "eat" it! As much as I love the smell of a live tree it doesn't make sense with us. We have such odd schedules that we aren't together enough to enjoy it. This year I bought a bunch of "Christmas tree" plug-ins so I have the pine smell without the needles all over the floor~!
I have a pre-lit fake tree that hasn't been set up yet. I'll wait until Tuesday to put it up- it's the first night of Hannukah and I live in a dual-religion household. :lol
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