Thursday, December 9, 2010

Real or Fake?

Well I get on Facebook once in a while and about a week ago a friend of mine asked the question, "Real or Fake".

I thought she was talking about boobs. So I chimed in, "REAL! Until I get fake ones or a boob lift".

No really I didn't chime in with that response, but I really did think she was talking about breasts.

But she wasn't.

She was talking about Christmas Trees.

Image came from HERE
It's a pretty big debate, which is surprising... okay, really it's not.

Anyway... here's my opinion on the matter because I know you want to hear it.

Fake is how I like them.

Here is reasons. First of all, I'm a self-proclaimed couch potato...or lazy. When I can rest from my jobs and home life, then you better believe I am NOT trucking up a hill to saw down a tree... for FUN. Doesn't sound like one OUNCE of fun to me... add snow to that whole scenario and it's a Helk no! Secondly, I like knowing I can make my tree look perfect or make it have that special hole in it where the fake squirrels lived. In other words, I have control of how my tree looks. Thirdly, no up keep. This goes along with being lazy, but I won't have to vacuum fallen pine needles or water my tree everyday.

Now I get people whining to me that the smell of a real Christmas tree is why they get real over fake.

Well that was easily solved. There are plenty of good smelling companies out there that make PINE smelling candles or scents. Hide that sucker and let the smell tease our senses and remind us of outdoors and pine syrup.

Another thing for those of you that choose to buy a real tree every year. I save money by buying a really good fake one, ONE year, and continuing to use it over and over again. That way I can spend that savings on someone for Christmas... namely me.

My fake one comes with lights also! I don't have to string lights!!!

So basically we slap some ornaments on there and stick a bow on top and we call it a day.... it's awesome and the kids always think I'm a super hero when it's done because they love it so much.

But my way isn't necessarily the right way... just the logical one. So tell me friends and foes and stalkers alike... Real or Fake?

And no... I'm not talking about boobs.



Runblondie26 said...

We have tile floors in our family room, so there's no excuse for us not to have a real tree now. We actually set it up yesterday. The smell is unbelievable and so worth it.

If we had carpet, or still lived in an apartment, it would still be fake all the way. Too much mess to worry about.

Gucci Mama said...

Real boobs, real tree. We're all natural around here.

~Kenny said...

Hmmm I like my trees fake, boobs fake, heck I even like my potato chips fake (Pringles). I like a lot of things fake well except for quit faking them dammit!

DCHY said...

I like everything real. Even the boobs. I've had the fake ones. Still prefer the real McCoy. ;)

SciFi Dad said...

I've always had a fake tree. I think it makes sense economically, and with the pre-lit one we have now, it's much easier.

T said...

ManOfTheHouse has always insisted on real... so that's what we have (Boobs and tree...)

But I'm swaying him to the fake side, I got a clearance fake tree years ago that I set up in the basement for the kids and I insist on having my living room tree the "pretty" tree...

see, my plan is that eventually we'll go fake full time (yep, on the boobs too... but I'm not likely to find those in a post-holiday 90% off sale)

Steph said...

Some people don't have full, lucious,gorgeous real trees... we shouldn't judge. ;-P

BTW...fake all the way. Trees not boobies. Mine are 100% real fat.

Kristina P. said...

Yes!! We always had a real tree growing up, and I swore I would never go fake.

Until the first Christmas we were married. My friend was getting a new faux tree, and she gave us her old one. It was the perfect size. I love it.

Adam tried to convince me to get a real one this year. This from the man who was complaining about having to pull one bag out of storage and spend 5 minutes stack 3 pieces on top of each other. But somehow, he was fin was strapping a tree to our roof, hauling it up, trying to put it up straight, and dealing with needles.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

RUnBLondie--just went and checked out your blog... you are amazing. I hear ya on the tile floors, how that might be a tad easier... but you still have to pick up pine needles... just sayin. :)

Gucci Mama--lol... who knew you were a naturalist!

Kenny--I'm sad you even have had someone fake it! You know what I'm talking about... glad you could air your dirty laundry over here :)

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

DCHY--Well then I'm assuming you aren't the lazy type like myself? DO you cut down your own tree then?

SciFI--everyone should listen to SciFi dad... he's smart, trust me on this.

T--bwahahahaha... I bet in some parts of the country that are sketchy you might be able to get those boobs 90% off... just sayin. You MOTH will come around... does he clean up the pine needles and water the tree?

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Steph--OH MY GOSh you are too funny... mine are 100% fat also! hehehehe

Kristina P--your husband is a go getter... that's why I married someone who is not. The 3 plus years we owned our own home... he didn't hang Christmas lights up once. See what I mean?

3GirlKnight said...

Real on both counts. I seriously considered buying a fake tree this year but I just couldn't bring myself to it. Maybe it's just tradition, but it's a good tradition I think.

Meeko Fabulous said...

FAKE! :) So much faster and easier.

Kritta22 said...

I like real trees but we can't justify the safety issues with a real one.
There's two main ones but first, the boys can trip a real one over, even in a stand and really hurt themselves.
two is the fire with Christmas lights. I love coming downstairs in the night and seeing a lit Christmas tree. You can't do that with a real one. It dries it out and leaves it more open to fire.
Plus, we live on base. If we started a fire, we'd be in big, big BIG trouble!!
Oh I like real boobs too but I will get a boob lift when I win the lotto.

Kritta22 said...

tip I mean, they can tip the tree over. Fake ones that stronger bases I think, and weigh less.
At least ours is.

Mindy said...

FAKE!! I'm on the same page as you. ;) No mess, no recurring cost, and pre-lit! Pre-lit is actually what makes my decision for me. Our first year in our house we had a real tree..... I may have scars on my arms to prove it. Seriously, either I'm allergic to the needles (possible) or it was extremely pokey, either way, I had scratches and marks all up and down my arms from stringing lights! And I like my tree with a lot of lights. Fake saves me HOURS of time by being pre-lit. Plus no trying to figure out how to get the dang thing home on top of the car. That is for the birds, if you ask me.

DCHY said...

Shelle, I *have* personally cut down a tree. There's that sense of self-satisfaction of having done that. ;) I even told my wife I'd rather cut down a tree than to put a fake one up or buy a real tree from a vendor.

vixen kitten said...

I would have never in a million years thought you were a fake tree kinda woman!

If I had to have a fake tree, I'd rather just skip Christmas. I cut not one but 3 down every year. Only Frasier or Canaan Firs. Yes, it matters! And I can promise you, they look dang perfect, because I spend hours at the tree farm, bonding with them and searching for JUST the right 3!

Now as far as boobs go, I'll take fake over mushy, fatty, saggy ones any day! I don't care if she grew them or bought them, as long as they are nice, firm, and north!

Aren'tcha glad I stopped by with my little tidbit of wisdom on the subject!


Garden of Egan said...

I want fake.
And I'm not talking about trees.

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Momma Sunshine said...

Right now I have a fake tree because my apartment building doesn't allow real ones. But before this, I was always a real tree gal.

My family works in the Christmas tree industry, so not having a real tree really isn't an option. This is a huge industry and there are many, many people who depend on it for their livelihood.

Also, fake trees are horrible for the environment, from the production to when they finally get thrown in the landfill. Real trees are "farmed" and replanted and are a renewable resource.

Yes...I'm a tree hugger at heart. A "real tree" tree hugger. ;-)

Lara said...

This was an argument early on in our marriage, but I'm all about the fake.

And I think I have converted my husband now.

We have had the same tree for 11 years. That's a lot of savings. I think it may be on its last leg, and I might buy a new one next year, but still. And I am a self-proclaimed tree snob, who must have a gorgeous and perfect tree. It is really hard (and really expensive) to achieve that with a real tree. I wouldn't be able to stand having one that you could see the trunk at all.

And then, convenience. Seriously. I can set it up whenever I want, as long as I'm willing to drag it up from the basement. No traipsing up the mountain in the cold or going to the corner lot and tying something to my car roof.

All about fake.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

3GK-very good tradition... but... have you tried fake? On both accounts ;)

Meeko--bwahahaha TRUE!!!

Kritta--I see why you don't do real trees and that IS a safety concern... which is something i didn't even bring up!!! You so smart :)

I mean, don't get me wrong... I like the IDEA of a real one... just not a practicality for me.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Mindy--exactly... I'm all about the lights... the stringing those suckers IS for the birds!!!

DCHY--well aren't WE the over achiever!?

VK--OH MY GOSH you had me laughing. Yes I'm a fake girl at heart! hehehe. I agree, as long as the sisters are north that is the crux of it isn't it? You would be the natural bonder over achiever type... sigh... can we still be friends?

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

GOE-BWHAHAHAHAHA hey... me too.

Alfred--I get this feeling you are spamming me... and I'm not comfortable with that, I hardly know you.

Momma Sunshine--hey... I see your point, however, isn't NOT cutting down tree good for the environment also? But I guess if they just replant ones that are thrown out after christmas that works also. I never knew that... very good to know. I'm not hating on Real Trees... I'm just too lazy to do the whole process of a real one for a month... ya know?

Laura--AMEN... You and I would be best friend neighbors if we lived by each other... we are usually always on the same page. :)

Karl said...

Good afternoon Shelle,

I'm a fan of live trees. Although I must confess, I've run out of places to plant them. It is fun to go back to places where I lived 20 or 30 years ago and see how big the trees have gotten. So I would say I'm for real trees.

As far as the other real or fake debate goes. As long as they looked and felt natural, either way would be OK. But if they're hard is a rock and look like a grapefruit nailed to the chest, no thanks.

wendy said...

Once upon a time.....I HAD to have a real tree. But I was young and inexperienced in the FAKE ways of the world. Now it is FAKE all the way baby.
and there better be lights on it....I ain't stringing no lights under any circumstances.
and no pine needles sticking in your butt if you decide on a little nookie under the tree........just saying.
and THAT my dear is why I go FAKE

Danielle said...

Fake too. On both accounts! :)

Papa K said...

Hmmmm... I like the easy aspect of a fake tree... but the sentimental values of a real tree since that's all we had growing up.

As far as boobs go... and as much as I hate to admit it... I PREFER fake! Aaaaaaaand you've just given me a great idea for a blog post!

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