But there's one department where I am team fake all the way.
The Christmas tree.
I know this is a very polarizing debate. Pro-real tree people are usually very passionate about their real trees. And I am very passionate about my artificial tree. I reserve zero judgement for whichever team you are on. To each their own!
But here's why I am all about that fake pine life:
- Needles don't fall off: The holidays are obviously very busy for everyone and I don't have any extra time to be sweeping up needles from under the tree. Or to worry about my cat munching on some fallen pine branches
- Easy set up: My current tree comes in three parts! I take it out of the box and one, two, three and it's up! It literally takes about five minutes. I also have the flexibility to put it where ever I want in our house. I don't need to worry about keeping it too close to heat sources.
- Pre-lit: Those three parts have lights on already. No need to detangle and make sure no bulbs broke throughout the year. This may be my favourite part of a fake tree.
- Stay warm: Decembers in Canada can get pretty chilly and I want no business trucking through snow to cut down a tree. Never mind the long, scary drive up to a tree farm.
- One-time cost: We bought our tree on Boxing Day the year before we got married. We knew we would need one the following year and got a great deal. It was regular $200 and we got it for $67! Since then, we haven't spent a penny on a Christmas tree! A quick google search told me that a real tree is on average $50. I'd rather spend that money on gingerbread lattes at Starbucks.
- Different looks: Don't want a traditional green one? No problem. White, pink, black, silver, whatever you want! (I love the white ones!) You can even get one that is really skinny or extra fat for your particular space.
- No watering: I can't be trusted to remember to water anything. I have enough to think about during this time of the year!
- Lasts as long as you want: This year we put up our tree in late November and it looks as great as now as it did that day. And I don't have to worry about taking it down right away either. A real one only lasts about 3 weeks.
- Easy transportation: I wouldn't know how to strap a tree to the top of our car, nor do I want to. Put it inside the car? Do you find needles in March? No thanks.
- Accessible everywhere: This doesn't apply to me, but to my warm-climate dwelling friends. How do people in, for example, Jamaica get a real Christmas tree? Sounds expensive.
While an artificial tree is no-doubt more convenient, it is definitely not as authentic. I get that. And that's a pretty big deal to a lot of people.
Cons of a fake tree:
- No smell: There's nothing like the smell of a real evergreen. You can pretend all you want with candles and sprays but it's just not the same.
- No cutting down experience: While it can get pretty cold, it's always exciting to pick out the perfect one. Going all together as a family and taking pictures in front of your perfect tree is a lot of fun.
- Not authentic: Fake trees are a pretty new thing, relatively speaking. Most of us grew up with real tree in our homes and it's definitely more traditional.
- Can look fake: While fake trees have definitely gotten better over the last couple of decades, some just scream "counterfeit." Some argue that some trees can look too perfect and cookie-cutter.
- Storage: Our tree is seven feet tall and even in three pieces, it takes up a lot of space. Luckily for us, we have an unfinished basement that is filled with junk and stuff we don't use every day. But not everyone has room to store it for 11 months.
So I am dying to know. Are you on Team Real or on Team Fake?