OSWALD.

The pros and cons you may not know about getting a real Christmas tree.
Pro, the smell. There's nothing like waking up in the morning, opening up the door and being happily overwhelmed with the smell of Christmas.
Con, pine needles. There everywhere.
Pro, decorating the tree. I loved spending time with the hubby and my little brother wrapping the Christmas tree in hundreds of lights and hanging our brand new ornaments up on the tree.
Con, tree care. When it comes to plants I somehow have this invisible stamp that labels them "death wish". I can't keep them alive for anything. Needless to say I've been super paranoid when it comes this tree; constantly checking on the water level. I've even come to talking to it (but that's a whole other story).
Pro, giving your tree a name. This is the first Christmas tree the mister and I have had since being married, so in a sense it's like our little baby. We have dubbed him Oswald the Christmas tree (don't ask me why). But really, you should name your trees, it's fun!
Con, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. No matter how many times we adjust and shave the ends this tree will not go straight. I've come to accept Oswald's flaw.
Double Con, bugs. The first thing that happened when we unwrapped our tree and gave it a good fluff was a giant leaf bug flying around our faces. Those things are huge! But don't worry, we safely captured that little bugger (pun intended) and gave it a new home outside our apartment. We even found ourselves a lucky ladybug. Fingers crossed no spider nests are hatching in there. I've heard one too many horror stories when it comes to that.
Pro, it's tradition. And you just don't mess with tradition.
Double Pro, 3 weeks till Christmas eve. This has nothing to do with a tree, it just needed to be said.

Growing up we've always had a real Christmas tree, but now that I'm older I can see some of the hassle that goes with it. So what do you do? Do you go out and buy a real tree or go fake?

87 comments:

  1. We've had a fake one for a couple of years now, though I sometimes miss the time when we had a real one, they always smelled so nice!

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  2. i love the look of the real trees, but i'm not sure i can part with my ol trusty fake one :) she's too easy!

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  3. I've never had a real tree because, well, they don't grow in tropical countries and from where I'm from, you need to go to the mountains to see trees. LOL

    xo,
    janmloves.blogspot.com

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  4. I love how your tree looks! My family and I have always had this cute little 30-inch plastic tree that we use every year - I've always wondered how it's like to have a real tree.

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  5. When I was younger and my parents were still together, we had a house waaayy too big for us all. It had giant vaulted ceilings, so we would search for the biggest tree we could find! Loved it! :) and I nodded my head along with you on every pro and con both!

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  6. When I lived at home we had a real tree only a few years...the rest of the time it was fake, and I was okay with that! I didn't know anything else. My roommate is all about the real tree, but it's too much hassle for us to do it in our house. It will just be a little one and some other decorations for us! :) it looks beautiful, TJ!

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  7. I have completely forgotten about this entire list of cons because I haven't had a real tree since I was a kid so I only dream romantically about having a real tree!

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  8. Great photos! This is the first year my hubs and I have gotten a real tree, and so far it's pros>cons. I love the real tree! so Emily

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  9. I love the photos especially the second one. I'm in the mood now to go put up my tree.

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  10. We have a fake tree.. It's so much easier than a real tree that we used to have.. But I do love the smell! :)

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  11. love the tree!!!

    www.mamajulesbrussels.blogspot.com

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  12. i love the photographs here! i can't have a tree, due to my cats being so young and playful, but i wouldn't know if i should get a real or fake tree! i adore the real ones, but like you said the pine needles would be everywhere!

    lindsey louise

    hellomrrabbit.blogspot.com

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  13. i dont know why i loooove that photo of the wreaths so much. that would make a gorgeous print! lovely photos as always

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  14. I will always love a real Christmas tree, even with all the cons that come with them.
    I just love cutting down a tree in the snowy Midwest :)

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  15. I'm all about the real trees! My roommate and I have a fake one right now and it makes me so sad that I don't come home to the loveliness of real Christmas tree smell!

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  16. Your tree is gorgeous! We just have a fake one we put up each year, I think mainly to avoid the insects. ;) xo

    http://www.jenventure.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. Woah, these pictures are so artsy, tan! haha I love the second one. Wait, what tree farm did you go to? I just went to Woodinville this morning to get Mistletoe....

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  18. Love Oswald! Your pros and cons are really pros and cons. I had my first encounter with a "real tree" almost two years ago. My friend ALWAYS had a real tree and we were rooming together. Anyways, I'd like to add a pro and con.

    Pro: Real trees are cooler to say "I have a real tree"
    Con: Throwing away the tree... In Texas they don't do pick ups. Only drop off locations, making it more of a hassle to have a tree.

    www.heatheringheights.com

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  19. I don't have a real tree..I live in a house too small!

    Valeria.
    http://myurbanmarket.blogspot.it

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  20. Oh my dear this is fabulous. In my opinion.... nothing is better than the scent and character of a real Christmas tree. No matter the cons.

    Merry Christmas!
    xoxo
    Liesl

    woodsy-soiree.blogspot.com

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  21. Love having a real tree as well! But we forgot to water it for a few days i hope its okay!

    xoxo,
    alycia

    alyciamealy.blogspot.com

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  22. Seriously, it took me an hour to sweep up all the pine needles. But this morning, I woke up and the smelled took over the room and it was all totally worth it!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  23. It's a huge debate in my household at the moment, do we or don't we go real. I can't but help be won over by the smell of a real tree, can't beat it!

    at-rubik.blogspot.com

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  24. Until about three years ago we had a real tree every time and I loved them. But in 2009 we moved and switched to a wood stove for a heat source witch dries up a real tree super fast, we are trying a real tree this year because we rearranged the living room so that there is a spot far enough away from the stove that hopefully it won't dry up too quickly. :-)

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  25. This entire post is so true! My family always goes with a real tree, despite those cons.

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  26. Haha I love this -- and I love your tree's name!! Cutest idea ever. :)

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  27. Awwwww - Carnation!! Love this post Tanya. So funny and true.

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  28. I *love* real trees! We've never had a fake one. :D My mum really wants one though and I'm honestly not looking forward to someday having one here. lol. I love the smell, and the prickles, and sweeping up the needles, and wrapping the lights, and trying to water the dang thing without knocking it over or pricking your arm off or knocking off ornaments. :D ^_^ I am a real tree girl for sure. <3 <3
    xx

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  29. This is such a cute post! I love the pictures. I've never had a real tree, and I don't think my husband has any desire to. I do think it's a wonderful idea though :)

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  30. Oswald! Love it. We are bad Oregonians and have a fake tree. Feels wrong every year, but it's oh so easy. I buy "christmas tree" candles and it seems to fool guests well. No pine needles or bugs at least!

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  31. These pictures are gorgeous! I am kicking myself in the leg for not having a real tree!!!

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  32. Real tree! It's not Christmas without it. -Heidi

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  33. We used to always have real trees (we even have them growing in our backyard!) but then it got to be too much of a hassle with the needles, disposing of them, etc.

    Life Unsweetened

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  34. This is an ongoing battle in our house, but I think I finally won the argument. Fake tree - so much more cost-effective. Not as messy. No bugs. Simple to transport. Don't have to get rid of it after Christmas, just box it up. I think real trees are fun, but I have no attachment to that tradition because it's not something my family ever did.

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  35. We have a fake tree.. we did have a real one a couple of years ago that looked and smelled gorgeous - but us being us we forgot to water it (fools) and one of our cats skid into it when he was chasing his toy and ALL of the pine needles fell off. It was like a comedy sketch that ended with us picking pine needles out of every corner of our house for 6 months xx

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  36. Hahah Oswald, I love it! My family and I have never had a real Christmas tree, and I bet it's for all those reasons. I bet that Leaning Tower of Pisa thing is alarming- I'd be panicking it'd tip over one day! Gorgeous pictures of the tree farm by the way, it really makes me feel all jolly :)

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  37. oswald is beautiful! and i laughed at your pros and cons because i agree with all of them!!! why won't it stand straight??? but it does transmit loads of holiday cheer :)

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  38. Totally agree. Love the fresh pine smell; hate the needles, as well as cleaning up afterwards. But still, we will get a real tree this year. It's tradition.

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  39. Personally I cannot imagine Christmas without a real Christmas tree, even tho I know that it's not that ecological and we all should protect Mother Nature,... But when it comes to Christmas trees, it simply has to be a real one!
    And the idea of giving a name to your tree is super cute! Need to try it this x-mas with my bro, haha.
    Lenka, xx
    etiene-et-eugene.blogspot.com

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  40. I grew up having a real Christmas tree that we would go out and cut down as a family, but after us kids moved out my parents switched to a fake one and they LOVE it. Just so much less hassle and mess. We've had a small four-foot tall fake one for the past few years since we've lived in smaller places, but I think we'll probably get a real one when we have little kids, just so they get the exprience of it. That is, after we spray the whole thing with bug killer outside. ;-)

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  41. Love this! We have a fake tree to avoid all that mess. Come to think of it, I've never actually had a real tree growing up! But we do love the ease of the lights built in, etc.
    thehartungs.blogspot.ca

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  42. I've never thought of naming our tree. I'm SO doing that when we get a real tree. We had to buy a little fake tree this year because it's so expensive to get the real thing where we're at.

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  43. FYI.... Lincoln was INCREDIBLE! Go see it!

    xoxo
    Liesl

    woodsy-soiree.blogspot.com

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  44. Definitely getting a real tree. There's nothing like the smell of pine and hot chocolate together!

    Willowtreespace.blogspot.com

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  45. My parents have a fake tree, and it makes me miss the smell of the real ones and our tradition of just buying one all tied up without even looking at it. We called it the first present of the season! haha
    Also, I LOVE that you gave your tree a name! Naming anything and everything is fun. :)

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  46. I love Oswald!! You're right, there's nothing like a real tree. We had a fake one last year and it just wasn't the same. Your pictures are beautiful!!

    xo
    Rachel
    http://picklesandchapstick.blogspot.com/

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  47. I'm loving these pictures - sounds like you had a nice adventure picking out a real christmas tree! We have a little fur tree that's about 3 feet tall, which is about all we can fit in our apartment - but I'm already looking forward to the day when we have our own real christmas tree (even with all the cons).

    Hope all is well!

    xx,
    Maya

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  48. My family has a "fake" one but it's still pretty. :) What else do you need but a tree, twinkle lights and some pretty baubles!? Love it. :D

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  49. This was our first year having to buy a tree in a parking lot. It felt a little lame, but at the same time, WAY less work. Having a tree is always a must, even if you don't chop it down :]

    molly
    http://alwaysamrsforeverakidd.blogspot.com

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  50. Nothing beats the smell of a real tree, or the cat drinking from the base.


    PEONY

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  51. Yep. I LOVE real trees. They'll always be my favorite ;)
    And the experience of going to the farm and picking out the perfect one is just priceless!

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  52. I grew up with fake trees and as an adult I've had two real ones and I think I prefer fake.

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  53. We had real trees when I was a kid and the thing I remember most is all the pine needles and having to water it lol. I love our fake tree! :P

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  54. Hahaha we have a fake tree at home cos we don't know how to maintain a real one. Btw have a happy December! ♥

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  55. You're right about the smell - nothing compares. But I go faux because I can't stand the mess! x

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  56. I would positively love to have a real tree, but I'm allergic to trees like dear Oswald!

    I'll be living vicariously through you, friend, this Christmastime.

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  57. I kill everything too. So I settle for the pine smelling air fresheners. Super classy I know:)

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  58. real tree all the way! last year was my first christmas away from home and and the tree's name was "'Dougie' the christmas tree". i miss Dougie, hopefully we can find a long lost relative this year.

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  59. real tree is the way to go -- we went to a place that looks similar to your pics, minus the shorts of course :) what a beauty. xojacqlyn

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    1. just had to add that we name our tree too! Bruce. {the spruce} nice ring, huh?

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  60. Growing up it always depended on where we were, but now I perfer fake trees, The real ones just take to much caring, but agree that the smell is a pro for sure.

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  61. That looks like such a great Christmas tree farm! I know what you mean about pine needles everywhere, but the smell of a real tree makes it all worth it :)

    xx Ellie
    www.ellalogy.com 

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  62. I miss the many memories of getting a tree up in the northwest! it's such a different experience, and so fun!

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  63. Yay! The con of having pine needles everywhere is the worst for me! Constant sweeping Jeesh! We named our tree Gary. Like you, we have no idea why! hahah


    xx
    
Holly Foxen Wells

    GlamourMash

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  64. I love real trees. I'm sniffing ours right this instant. :) I'm OK with their care because, well, technically I don't have to keep it 'alive', right? As long as its already 'dead', its safe from my ungreen thumb ...

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  65. My husband, daughter, and I all went and got our Christmas tree this weekend! It was fun "hunting" for a tree to chop down, but it was really cold and the trees were expensive! I thought they'd be cheaper up here in WA compared to CA! However, we now have a beautiful Christmas tree in our living room. It's our first tree as a married couple as well! Cheers!!!

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  66. We have old rusty the fake (although we'd never tell him that) Christmas tree. We got him just before Kyle's 1st Christmas in 2006 . Looking a little tired this year though so we may have to replace him. Makes me sad I remember buying him all excited. Because it was going to be the best Christmas ever!

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  67. I had a lot of fake trees growing up so once I moved into a big enough house I've had real trees. and I love them. I almost don't mind the pine needles everywhere :)

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  68. OMG this is awesome :D

    http://littlemisstwiggy.blogspot.com/

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  69. How cool is that you can go out in your T-shirts to pick out a tree..?! We're kind of drowning in the snow over here. And I love the fact that you named your tree. I think Oswald is a perfect name for a tree! :)

    Oh and answer to your question: A real tree. I think, why not go all out and have a real one, right? :)

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  70. I have nevr had a live Christmas tree as an adult, so this whole pro/con list is really helping out here. I think the pine needles everywhere would be kind of fun

    <3 katherine

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  71. We just got a real one! It's not very big- only about 4 or 5ft. We just don't have a lot of room in our house. But gosh I love our tree already! Oswald looks very nice!

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  72. the smell--oh the smell. i am loving it at the moment.

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  73. We are excited about our first tree as a married couple as well, but just got a small fake one for now. Once we have our own home (not an apartment), I would love to make it a family tradition of going out and picking a real tree and decorating it together. Love the photos.

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  74. This is the first year my husband and I got a real tree! And yes.. agree with all your pros and definitely the leaning tower of pisa.. :)

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  75. We have a fake tree now. But I grew up with a real tree and am intending to buy a real one next year. I'll probably put the fake one up in another room (just for fun)!

    Xo Lourdes

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  76. I miss having a real tree. When I was little my mom will always buy a real one, but it was too much to take care of so we bought a fake one many years ago. I think I'm gonna buy a good christmas tree candle or something that smells like a real christmas tree.

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  77. I'm glad you got to go out on your tree hunt! Like you said, there are a few cons to having a real tree (for me it's mainly the cost it will be every year) but I feel like all of those are trumped by the smell, the experience of picking it out with those you love, and the look of a fresh tree (even if it's a little tipsy, gives it more character in my book, haha!)

    That tree farm (surrounded by even more trees, i miss the NW!) looked dreamy :)

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  78. I love Christmas.. and the smell of that ever-so-messy-pine-needle-explosion Christmas tree in my living room! Wonderful blog, just stumbled across it!

    xx,
    Bianca


    www.thestoryofherandhim.blogspot.com

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  79. I've never had a real Christmas tree. Some people get it in russia, but it usually looks really poor and horrible... And we don't add water or smth.... So by the new year's eve it gets super dry and gives loooooots of mess and trash =)))))
    So I'm all for fake trees =))))) They look much better than real trees here =))))))))))))))

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  80. i never had a real christmas tree and i'm soooo glad to have read your pro and con list! as much as i LOVE traditions, the bug thing, it just doesn't do it for me. so fake tree it is for me! haha!!! xoxo

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  81. Oh the leaning tower. Two years ago our live tree fell! Keep an eye on it!

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  82. HAHAH the leaning tower of pisa. ahhhhh that made me giggle. You are witty, my friend. Chin up (i read your post on comparing yourself to others) I do it too. We're all guilty of it, it's just our nature. But life is what you make it, and if you want something I know you'll go for it. So tell everybody to move out of your way, cause you're going places!

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  83. I'm seriously in love with your blog! I love the personal feel to it

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  84. Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Those pictures above of the wreaths and trees? Amazing!!! Those sights alone make the decision to get a real tree easy.
    -Greer

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  85. My family has always gotten a real tree for as long as I can remember. They are a lot of work, with the watering. And the needles fall a lot more if you don't keep up with it. But we've never once had a bug problem with any of our trees. I've never ever seen a single bug come off our tree so I think that makes us pretty lucky.

    Also, Oswald is a brilliant name.

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