Let's Talk with Terry Ambrose
Real or fake? The Great Christmas tree debate is on!
Real tree or fake? That is the question. Twenty years ago, Kathy and I were solidly in the real-tree camp. We loved finding the perfect Christmas tree. Our annual tradition became even more fun when we moved to Idaho, bought a 4×4 (long before it was fashionable), and braved the elements. In those days, I was convinced there was nothing better than the smell of a new, fresh Christmas tree. Well, maybe the aroma of chocolate chip cookies baking…but, I digress.
Once we returned to California, things changed. Finding a tree remained a tradition, but there were so many people, the trees became more expensive, and life just seemed more hectic.
We received our first artificial tree as a Christmas gift. We were ecstatic. No more tree shopping! No more crowds! No more tree disposal! (You’ve got to admit, it gets pretty messy by the end of the season.) So many benefits. So little downside.
Twenty years later
One thing they don’t tell you about artificial Christmas trees when you buy one is that they have a limited lifespan. At some point, much like everything else in life, they just start to look old and tired. For the past five years, ours has dropped little fake needles that we kept discovering almost until the next Christmas. Three strands of lights on the tree die one after the other, so supplemented with lights of our own.
Finally, this year we decided to pop for a new artificial tree. This time, though, we downsized slightly. The added benefits are that it takes up less space in the house and is much easier to set up. I love the fact that rather than having to hunt for the six green plugs that always seemed to hide in the tree, all we have to do is plug the sections together and the lights work. Advances! Gosh, who knows? By the time we’re ready for our next tree, we may all just be using holograms!
How do you feel about Christmas trees? Are you in the real-trees-only camp, or have you made the switch to artificial? And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, do you have similar decisions to make with a different type of holiday decoration?
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