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The Age-Old Xmas Tree Debate: Real Or Artificial?  
User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1603 times:

Well, kids, it's almost time to make that trip down to the basement (or the shed or garage or your personal "trimmings shack") and bring out all those lovely holiday decorations once again.

Some Christmas decor questions for you .....

>> How heavily decorated will YOUR house be this year? Are you the type that decorates every single last inch of your home, right down to the mailbox? Or do you keep it simple, with maybe just a "Charlie Brown type tree" with 1 candy cane hanging on it?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

>> And what about that proverbial question: Will it be a real live tree this year, or artificial? [--I'll be keeping score on this one; betcha "Real" wins hands down!!--]

Thanks A.Net Members ..... I've had fun chatting with you nice fellow aviation fanatics in 2001!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Smile/happy/getting dizzy Smile/happy/getting dizzy

And Happy Holidays to all !!  Smile Smile Smile









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User currently offline174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1524 times:

Our house is an old Victorian. We decorate with class. Very simple yet stunning.

-Peace In-
174th


User currently offline174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1520 times:

Oh yea, My family and I go up to canada to get a christmas tree, so it's real.

User currently offlineAmerica West From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1516 times:

We have a artificial Christmas tree. That is all we decorate.

User currently offlineUAL1837 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1514 times:

Woe to those who use fake Christmas trees.

It ain't Christmas without having to vacuum needles out of the carpet and clean sap out of the ornaments!!!!!!!!!


User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1509 times:

The smell of a tree is the deciding factor for me!!!

I think we should have a decorating contest. Decorate your house, snap a picture and post it!!!



"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineI Like To Fly From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1188 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1508 times:

Decorate everything so well nobody notices the tree is artificialSmile/happy/getting dizzy We do a real tree about every 5 or 6 years and then plant it outside, but we usually do artificial.

User currently offlineFlight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3402 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1507 times:

We have a fake tree because the neadles make a mess on the floor.

We put our Cristmas tree in our foyer because of the height of the room and the space in front of the staircase.


User currently offlineAmerica West From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1507 times:

It ain't Christmas without having to vacuum needles out of the carpet and clean sap out of the ornaments!!!!!!!!!

Oh, don't worry about that. Even us with fake christmas trees have to pull out the vacuum (of course, that whole sap thing doesn't apply). Big grin


User currently offlineStrickerje From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 723 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1502 times:

We don't have to vacuum our floor at Christmas anymore... our 25 year old plastic tree has shed all of its needles!  Big grin

-Jeffrey S.


User currently offlineAC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1502 times:

I much prefer real trees, but I don't have them at eaither of my residences. Here at school, real trees aren't allowed in res because of a fire hazard. And at home, a real 10' tree is expensive and a pain in the ass. So unfortunately I'm stuck with artificial.  Sad

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6309 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1492 times:

Bah ! Humbug!


Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineBoeing757fan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1493 times:

Real, it is always fun to go cut your own tree down. We went to this tree farm near Traverse City... You go up and you get hot cocoa and their is a horse sleigh and you get in the back... You go way out into this tree farm and pick the perfect tree they cut it and throw it in the back... Its very fun unless it is 30 below wind chill and snowing.. Well, its still fun. I remember this time my dad picked the biggest tree in the whole farm!

The tree had to have been 15ft high (We have always had high ceilings)... We got it home and my dad had to cut off a part of the top section, with that top piece he cut, any *NORMAL* family would have been happy using that as the tree.

Needless to say, that was the last time we got a tree that big.

It wasnt the same in San Diego and Maryland. So in San Diego we just had this small ceramic tree (the gifts were bigger than this damn tree  Laugh out loud) Then in Maryland we invested in a Fiber-Optic fakey.






User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1487 times:

Artifical....allergies (need I say more?)

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29805 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1478 times:

We had to go with artificial when I was a kid. I was a natural choice considering the large number of trees where I grew up.



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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 15, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1476 times:

I have not had a tree nor Christmas decorations hanging since 1990. Although I am considering hanging some Christmas tree lights on the gazebo that our hot tub resides in purely for effect, and not for the Holiday.

'Nuff said.

By the way, why do so many people take the "Christ" out of Christmas and spell it "X-Mas"?

Is it laziness for not wanting to write the whole thing out, or are there people that actually are offended by the "Christ"?

My guess is that it's a straight down the middle 50-50 split.


Bastards.


User currently offlineWestern727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 751 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1470 times:


I know that the real ones smell better, but I'm more of an artificial guy myself. They are more safe - they won't burn. The holidays are no time to watch your house go up in flames.



Jack @ AUS
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 17, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1471 times:

Western727:

With all due respect, you are one of those that I bitch about in so many other areas:

You wnat to take the easy way out and shelve your common sense in exchange for "security".

Case in point: If you (you is a generic term for people in general and not you specifically) would actually practice a little common sense, you wouldn't have to worry about seeing your house go up in smoke. Me and most of my friends and family and millions of other people have done it, so we know it's possible.

1. Don't buy your tree the day after Thanksgiving. By the time Christmas rolls around, the thing will be the dead pile of needles you all use as an excuse to buy plastic.

2. When the lights are on, don't leave the damn thing unattended or illuminated all night long. In a worst case scenario, you might get a short in the wiring or overheated branch (I have yet to see either actually happen) and if a fire does break out, you should be able to contain it rather quickly. Again, the absolute worst case scenario here might see fire damage limited to a one room of the house as opposed to the whole thing going up. In every case of a tree fire I've ever heard of, it happened when the owners weren't home or were upstairs sleeping. Unplug the damn thing if you aren't going to be around to enjoy the lights.

3. In line with #2, keep a gallon or so of water within arms reach of the tree.

4. Also in line with #2, buy new lights each year. If you can afford a tree (and presumably gifts to stuff under it), then new lights shouldn't be a problem. If you buy them after Halloween, you can get something like 500 lights for $5-7. This avoids possible shorts (and shock hazard because you won't be untangling last years lights that have been in storage (and tangled up), leading to possible wire breakage/cracking.

5. Vacuum up the loose pine needles that inevitably end up on the floor at least once every other day.

6. Keep the tree in a pan of water and keep it filled. This will not stop the chopped tree from dying, but it will slow it down. This will mean fewer dead needles on the tree and floor to create a fire hazard.


You follow these 6 very simple common sense steps, and you can enjoy the fresh scent and aesthetics of a real tree year after year.


User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1461 times:

My parents got an artificial tree last year because of my 1.5 year old nephew running around but are switching back to a real tree this year.

I agree, don't buy the thing right away. Keep it watered. Don't run the lights all night. It will be fine.


Matt D- I think X is an accepted shorthand notation for "Christ"


User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1453 times:

Gosh! This is quite surprising thus far!

Score thru 11/16 @ 20:57 ET.....

Fake: 8 votes
Real: 6 votes

This counts my vote for: Real Trees!!

I thought sure real would be way ahead!

C'mon, purists! Let's pick up those "Real" votes!

 Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile


User currently offlineJj From Algeria, joined Jun 2001, 1227 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1448 times:


I'm going to Buenos Aires, to spend Xmas woth my family, and I suppose our house will be simply decorated, only with a fake christmass tree (we can't find any "real" tree in the middle of the city) but it'll surely be full of candles.

Anyway, I think that god doesn't care wether we have a tree or not, but he cares if we remind him and conmemorate jesu's birth


User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 21, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1440 times:

Can anyone tell me what celebrating Christmas is like in places like Australia and South America?

I mean Christmas evokes all of these images about building snowmen, and cold, gray, cloudy snowy days with the family gathered around a fire.


Only problem is that Australia and S. America are in the dead middle of summer when Christmas rolls around.

Does that take away from any of the celebrations, or is that purely a North American invention?


User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1439 times:


Hi I always wondered about that too until last year. I can tell you what it was like in South America last year when I was there. I was at my friends house and they had a little branch in a vase. This little branch was decorated with very few x-mas tree balls.
So they kept it really simple. At another friends house they had a big fake tree. So it totally depends.
In a big shopping mall they had lots of decorations and best of all was in Buenos Aires in the front yard of the presidents recidency they had small palm trees decorated with a craddle and so on. That looked great.

Regards,
B737-700

BTW: It has to be a real tree ! A fake is just not the real thing.


User currently offlineTeahan From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 5305 posts, RR: 61
Reply 23, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1434 times:

Hello,

Probably 2 fake trees, one in the hall and one in the main living room. I dunno about outside lights this year, it wouldn't any harm to tone everything down a little with all what has happened in the past months.

Jeremiah



Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 24, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1435 times:

it wouldn't any harm to tone everything down a little with all what has happened in the past months.

Well that's fine and dandy. But see this is what I don't understand. Although I certainly don't mean or want to disrespect those that paid with their lives and their families that suffered, let's be honest and practical.

First of all, toning things down, or depriving yourself of that trip to see Grandma, or buying that new toy, or whatever is NOT going to undo the events of 9/11. It is not going to bring back the unfortunate 5000 dead. Second, how can we get on with our lives" as so many people are urging us to do, if we continue to cower under a rock like this? Everytime I see a "United We Stand" or "Stronger Than Ever" public service announcement or bumper sticker, I almost want to laugh....because like I said....we are patting ourselves on the back.....from under a rock...and giving Bin laden and crew another little victory everytime we hold back from buying/doing something "in the name of 9/11.

We may win the war with guns....assuming that our Finest are not there with guns that when fired, eject a flag that says BANG.


But the real war has already been won.....


And the US wasn't the victor.

So go ahead and splurge....do whatever you wanted to do. Other than my photo shoots at the airports, I haven't given anything up.


Or, perhaps maybe the old adage is true: "Misery loves company".

Well, count me out.


25 Teahan : Hello, Matt D, jeez, maybe I wasn't only talking about September the 11th. You know, things also happen outside of America. For instance 14 people kil
26 Post contains images Leftseat86 : Well, I thought MattD's post was great! Thats exactly what i think. We can't live in fear like morons. We have to show those Bastards that whatever th
27 Jj : Well, i guess foods are different (salad and cold meat are common) and instead of gathering around a fire, we gather around an air conditionate syste
28 Mx5_boy : Matty, Xmas in Australia is just like it is anywhere else around the world. We have spray on snow and all that shit. Many suburbs in Sydney compete fo
29 Yyz717 : No one should be killing live trees for a short Xmas celebration (and I'm as Christian as anyone). Let the damn trees live! Buy an artificial one and
30 Boeing757fan : EOM
31 Starship : I went the fake tree route about 4 years ago. I have an 8ft tree that gets loaded with decorations, as well as almost three hundred lights and I have
32 Post contains images Lax : "I never thought it was such a bad little tree..... Maybe all it needs is a little love!"
33 Sushka : Get a fake tree. Why kill a tree???
34 Post contains images Lax : Did you see the pretty Rockefeller Center tree-lighting??
35 757pf : REAL all the way!!
36 Post contains images VapourTrails : I always said after having a real tree every year when I was growing up that I would not revert to an artificial one... well I have had a plastic one
37 Post contains images JetService : REAL!!!!!! This is 'Prickly' our 2001 Scotch Pine. Ain't she a beauty? (The kids named her). Merry Christmas, all!!! With room lights off:
38 Post contains images Lax : Anybody take their tree down yet? No sense in waiting till the last minute!! (I had a relative who used to go to bed at 11:55 PM every New Year's Eve!
39 Post contains images Lax : Current Standing ....... Fake = 14 Real = 10 Merry Christmas, no matter what tree you've got! Now.....What about wreaths?
40 SophieMaltese : Real or nothing at all. My mom got the tree, and it's a small one but pretty.
41 LH423 : My brother has chronic asthma, so when he lived with us we had to use a fake tree. However, he is now 26 and no longer lives with my mother, and there
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