Maybe because I didn’t grow up with Christmas. Maybe it’s because I like them huge, but to me it’s a no-brainer.
I love going and picking out a tree at the tree tents. It is stupidly stressful because if I’m spending between $150 and $200 on a tree, it better be fucking perfect. The asshats at Home Depot (which has the cheapest big trees by far) never know when they are getting new ones in, and don’t even bother calling first, you can’t get a person who knows anything.
As I said, we like them BIG. 12 feet+ is hard to find! But once I get it in the house, I love the smell. I even love the sap and the needles. It’s Christmas to me! I love the fact that my tree is different every year. I love the imperfections. And really, I love the results. (See my post on celebrating the holidays in a mixed religion home).
I don’t love finding needles in June (which happens). I also have to move out my thick shag rug and sofa for the season, but at least I don’t have to store a big fake tree along with my shitload of other decorations in my basement and attic-free house.
We are in Florida, so Christmas trees don’t grow naturally here. It’s very hard to get in the spirit of the holidays in Florida when it’s 80 degrees out. So to me, a real tree gives me that real Christmas feel I crave. I would go chop one down if I could (well, not me, that’s why I keep Mr. Ana around) but going to a tent in a parking lot is as close as we get, and I still get to watch my husband wrestle with a 400 pound tree.
According to the research I did today, environmentally, surprisingly real trees are WAY better. Fake trees are made of PVC, usually in China. Many of the chemicals used cause cancer. They are thrown out every 3-4 years and never break down in a landfill. They must be transported overseas to get here. For every real tree cut down, another is planted. It keeps Americans working, both on the farms and transporting them, and the trees are completely biodegradable.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Which do you get, and why?
2021 UPDATE! I’m all about the fake trees now after my neighbor had a million little spiders hatch on Christmas morning!