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Old Dryfoot
12-20-2015, 01:41 PM
How do you like `em?

Fake, perfectly shaped, and full of plastic, or all natural, a little bit lopsided, and always looking better in the wild than they do once you get them home?

https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/christmas-trees-featured2.jpg?quality=70&strip=all&w=720&h=480&crop=1

I like the real ones, but as I get older, the fake ones are easier to get my hands on.

ron ll
12-20-2015, 01:46 PM
Let's see. It's a wooden boat forum and you're asking us if we like wood or plastic?

Keith Wilson
12-20-2015, 01:47 PM
Real, always.

Old Dryfoot
12-20-2015, 01:50 PM
Let's see. It's a wooden boat forum and you're asking us if we like wood or plastic?

We all know there are sinners among us. ;)

David G
12-20-2015, 01:50 PM
I prefer real. But they're so hard to find here in Oregon. <G>

Old Dryfoot
12-20-2015, 01:52 PM
Real.... I like a little sag.

Not too much though, I like to be able to hang things off the very tips.

Ian McColgin
12-20-2015, 01:53 PM
Like counter rotating tassels?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oq-1kS4ncM

Old Dryfoot
12-20-2015, 01:54 PM
I prefer real. But they're so hard to find here in Oregon. <G>

I hear a lot of the natural ones in Oregon have a faint patchouli scent. . .

L.W. Baxter
12-20-2015, 01:55 PM
Real ones smell like Christmas.

Old Dryfoot
12-20-2015, 01:59 PM
Like counter rotating tassels?

Yup, or colored balls.

S.V. Airlie
12-20-2015, 02:17 PM
The pleasure is taking the kids (my nephews and then their kid) out, picking out a tree and then cutting it down in a 1.5 foot of snow and having their uncle drag it home. The decorated tree is just the frosting.

CWSmith
12-20-2015, 02:17 PM
Real, but I would like to do better with a balled tree in the northern climate. It's hard to give them proper storage over winter with the ground frozen.

Dave Hadfield
12-20-2015, 02:29 PM
My choice is yes-please.

Todd D
12-20-2015, 02:31 PM
Real. Cut it in the yard Friday.

https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xlp1/v/t1.0-9/12360088_1212713458756872_825953233526531222_n.jpg

Mark O.
12-20-2015, 02:40 PM
The pleasure is taking the kids (my nephews and then their kid) out, picking out a tree and then cutting it down in a 1.5 foot of snow and having their uncle drag it home. The decorated tree is just the frosting. Good times. I did that once...the tree looked much smaller in the woods. haha

Peter Malcolm Jardine
12-20-2015, 02:41 PM
Real, always, and one of these, which makes life a lot easier....

http://www.krinnerusa.com/sites/default/files/product_overview_cts/banner_cts_neu.png

S.V. Airlie
12-20-2015, 02:45 PM
Funny always does? Of course, being the youngest sibling and the youngest uncle I was drafted to get one every year. Big problem, no tree was good enough for the younguns' to want as a Christmas tree.

Phillip Allen
12-20-2015, 02:49 PM
Real, always, and one of these, which makes life a lot easier....

http://www.krinnerusa.com/sites/default/files/product_overview_cts/banner_cts_neu.png

looks painful to me

S.V. Airlie
12-20-2015, 02:51 PM
I'm not in a habit of sitting on a Christmas Tree stand but, each to his own Phillip.

Jim Bow
12-20-2015, 02:53 PM
$100 for a Xmas tree stand??

slug
12-20-2015, 03:16 PM
Fake.

very difficult to transplant a real tree .

only liberals like to waste money.

S.V. Airlie
12-20-2015, 03:17 PM
I cut my own, what money?

Peter Malcolm Jardine
12-20-2015, 03:22 PM
$100 for a Xmas tree stand??

Yep. Worth every cent too.

David W Pratt
12-20-2015, 03:26 PM
Real, nothing like it when you plunge your face in and inhale

Bobby of Tulsa
12-20-2015, 03:31 PM
Fake for me, I get so pissed off at people cutting a healty tree down and sticking it in their house for bragging rights, and lets not even go to that white house tree every year. Every year I see that on tv I think, damn what a waste. Oh, and then ya pile a bunch of them up and burn them.:(

slug
12-20-2015, 03:36 PM
Fake for me, I get so pissed off at people cutting a healty tree down and sticking it in their house for bragging rights, and lets not even go to that white house tree every year. Every year I see that on tv I think, damn what a waste. Oh, and then ya pile a bunch of them up and burn them.:(


Yup....impossible to recycle a natural tree.

take care of a fake tree and it will last for years.

The limousine liberal crowd cant relate.


They cant understand anything obvious.

S.V. Airlie
12-20-2015, 04:04 PM
Fake for me, I get so pissed off at people cutting a healty tree down and sticking it in their house for bragging rights, and lets not even go to that white house tree every year. Every year I see that on tv I think, damn what a waste. Oh, and then ya pile a bunch of them up and burn them.:(

The tree, I'm decorating is live. It's bigger now than last year, I can put more bulbs on it. Maybe, I'll actually plant it next year. I'm no longer cutting a tree down as my great grand nephews atc. are older, live too far away and are there fathers' problems.

TomF
12-20-2015, 04:13 PM
Real, in all the things we're really talking about.

BTW slug, I bought our Christmas tree from a local farmer at the market. He'd cut it off his land a day earlier, and buying it helped him earn a living within 30 miles of where I live. Our province grows conifers really well, thanks, and supporting him put a lot more back into the economy than if a conifer was left to grow bigger, then turned into pulpwood or studs.

The Bigfella
12-20-2015, 04:15 PM
I used to wander down the bush behind our place and cut one... but there's more neighbours there now.... and the missus reckons she's allergic to the real ones... makes her sneeze, so we've had a fake one for some years now.


Some of the bling off this one, in Abu Dhabi, would be nice.

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01787/tree_1787143a.jpg

Ian McColgin
12-20-2015, 04:21 PM
When we had cut trees, they always came from a person we knew who was growing them for the market. But Dad really got into full live trees, root ball and all. We had a large galvi steel wash tub big enough and roll it in a bit before Christmas. We had the hole dug before the ground froze for its after Christmas planting, which depended upon the weather. Before New Year's we'd have the decorations off and move it back into the garage where it could reacclimatize to outdoor temperatures. When the weather looked right, out it would go and with a few wheel barrows of horse manure in the dirt, in it would go. After thirty years, we had a nice stand lining the drive to keep the snow from drifting.

Steve McMahon
12-20-2015, 04:23 PM
Real - Birch, usually cut from the ditch on one of the side roads on the mountain.

Bobby of Tulsa
12-20-2015, 04:52 PM
Fake for me, I get so pissed off at people cutting a healty tree down and sticking it in their house for bragging rights, and lets not even go to that white house tree every year. Every year I see that on tv I think, damn what a waste. Oh, and then ya pile a bunch of them up and burn them.:(

The tree, I'm decorating is live. It's bigger now than last year, I can put more bulbs on it. Maybe, I'll actually plant it next year. I'm no longer cutting a tree down as my great grand nephews atc. are older, live too far away and are there fathers' problems. Good on you Jamie.

Nicholas Carey
12-20-2015, 04:56 PM
Real, always, and one of these, which makes life a lot easier....

http://www.krinnerusa.com/sites/default/files/product_overview_cts/banner_cts_neu.png


I just watched a couple of videos for these. Lee Valley doesn't list them on the web site, but it looks like you can get them directly from Krinner's US subsidiary at http://www.krinnerusa.com/. I'll be picking one in the new year after I junk the crappy tree stand I've hated for years.


http://youtu.be/DczO-sFrmY8

Old Dryfoot
12-20-2015, 04:56 PM
Real, always, and one of these, which makes life a lot easier....

http://www.krinnerusa.com/sites/default/files/product_overview_cts/banner_cts_neu.png

No rotating model? Bummer!

Peter Malcolm Jardine
12-20-2015, 05:03 PM
Lee Valley only sell these in their retail stores, Nancy picked one up in Toronto after I discovered a crack in the crappy plastic one we bought 3 years ago for 40 bucks. I unpacked this one, chopped an inch off the tree trunk in the driveway, and put the tree up in 30 seconds. Awesome. The large one, which I bought, will hold up to a 12 foot tree.

S.V. Airlie
12-20-2015, 05:05 PM
Well, this house and where I grew up was built in the 1870's or my family home 1807. very low ceilings.

Nicholas Carey
12-20-2015, 05:11 PM
And real, for us. My mom came from Latvia. Gotta have a real tree. And it's gotta be the sort you could put candles one.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/590/23792645841_ee67a4b940_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/CftwFK)IMG_1506 by -Handforged- (https://flic.kr/p/CftwFK) https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5664/23248356623_5a0f1bfc77_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/BqnUsT)IMG_1533 by -Handforged- (https://flic.kr/p/BqnUsT)

Nicholas Scheuer
12-20-2015, 05:12 PM
Fake for the first time this year. We've got a little electric heater that melts scented wax nearby to give us the "pine smell". Real trees of acceptable quality were running us $45 if we cut it ourselves.

S.V. Airlie
12-20-2015, 05:19 PM
My father went down to the local store one morning, must have been 10 degrees. There was an old may (farmer) there talking to "Jack" the owner, Appears he cut down a Christmas tree without realizing it had a huge honets nest in it. Put the tree up in the living room and when it warmed up, the wasps were telling him all about it.

My father looked at him and asked what did he do? Well, came the reply, we turned down the heat to just about freezing, and went to the neighbor's house for the weekend. I returned on Monday morning, it was about thiry, no wasps, took the tree out to the yard and left it. Turned the heat up and brought the family home! Nothing to it!

skuthorp
12-20-2015, 07:39 PM
We use a clumping Australian plant commonly called Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos) we grow ourselves..
A big bunch of them in a 1 m tall vase. They come in varying colours but we always use the red and green ones as pictured for christmas.

http://www.gardeningwithangus.com.au/images/articles/kangaroo-paw-articles/anigozanthos-bush-endeavour-001.jpg

Breakaway
12-20-2015, 09:36 PM
We do real, but I firmly believe that a real tree is just more evidence of the " disposable" society we live in. I like the idea of a balled tree, and had forgotten about it until reading this thread. Maybe next year.

Kevin

John Smith
12-20-2015, 10:20 PM
This was our last tree, Christmas day. It was our last real tree

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t316/jdanton/fridge001_zps41c70fb8.jpg (http://s163.photobucket.com/user/jdanton/media/fridge001_zps41c70fb8.jpg.html)

Gerarddm
12-21-2015, 01:55 AM
Real, and real wreaths and garlands too.

People who use plastic trees might as well cover their couches in clear vinyl.

Garret
12-21-2015, 07:30 AM
Interesting responses. Slug's holier than thou attitude sticks in the craw a bit though...

I realize it's not the same for everyone, but... I buy a tree from a friend who makes his living sugaring (making maple syrup) & growing Christmas trees. Yep - they are a crop like corn, just take a little longer to grow. When I'm done with it, it goes to the local transfer station where it's chipped & used as fuel in a local power plant. I'd call that reasonably responsible: supporting a local ag business & making sure it's doing something useful after I'm done with it.

If you don't have a local wood burning plant, stick it in the woods. It will gradually decay & provide habitat for all sorts of critters.

TomF
12-21-2015, 07:47 AM
I'm with you, Garret. I suppose, though, that things may be different for folks who live in much more urban places than the two of us.

Personally, I'm happier to not have yet another thing in my home made of plastic and metal, created using a lot of energy and shipped here from the other side of the world, which will end up in a landfill in a few years. We used live trees in pots in Vancouver, but it doesn't make the same amount of sense here.

bamamick
12-21-2015, 09:23 AM
Real. Definitely real.

Mickey Lake

Michael D. Storey
12-21-2015, 10:25 AM
Im thinking plastic looks good in the sides of a cell phone tower pole. With a fake eagle's nest, too