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Old 12-08-2013, 09:55 PM   #61
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DW & I put this together. It looks great and the lights run up & down in various patterns that are somewhat hypnotic.

We have debates every year between a real, artificial (but real looking, just not real smelling) tree, my electric palm tree and now this one we made.

We have a lot of cactus plants so most folks thought we had tall, thin cacti (we put lights on an outside cactus)but these are actually felt wrapped small post/large stakes.
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:45 PM   #62
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That's beautiful. The photos you have posted of your home have a different decor. Is this tree in a public area?
I believe he is decorating this year in the style of the Oval Office in the White House, complete with velvet ropes.
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This is my first Christmas in a house with just me and my boyfriend. We've learned that neither of us much cares for the idea of it. His parents have moved up north and my family doesn't do much. Lights and trees seem too tedious for two people who don't care.

So it looks like we'll be doing nothing, nothing, Doctor Who Christmas Special, and more nothing.
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This is my first Christmas in a house with just me and my boyfriend. We've learned that neither of us much cares for the idea of it. His parents have moved up north and my family doesn't do much. Lights and trees seem too tedious for two people who don't care. So it looks like we'll be doing nothing, nothing, Doctor Who Christmas Special, and more nothing.
That's my kind of Christmas!
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:30 AM   #65
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My parents decided to go artificial when I was old enough to realize that Santa was a myth. DH and I are Christmas fanatics and we have always had real trees. Started cutting them ourselves when we lived in Missouri, Michigan and Connecticut. South Georgia doesn't raise premium Christmas trees - I never much cared for cedar Christmas trees. Now I order a Frazier fir from our local high school baseball team (fundraiser). One of the team parents travels to North Carolina and picks up freshly cut trees. I get the tree into water immediately, and it lasts for a month without dropping needles. That's probably the only decorating I will do this year. We used to put out a herd of lighted deer, moose, bears, etc. in the yard.
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My parents decided to go artificial when I was old enough to realize that Santa was a myth.
What?!?!

Nooooooo!!!!!
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:16 AM   #67
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I would like to have some Christmas decorations to make my end of my building look nice, but I am really too lazy. Instead I go downtown, and go to a neighborhood along Lake W that is beautifully decorated and have some drinks.

I did my Christmas duty when I was a young father- we'd go down into a swamp and cut the least scraggly looking Doug Fir or Cedar we could find and drag it home.

One winter my wife had made some homemade egg nog and rum drink she called Ronpopo. It was very misleading. When we were up from tree dragging, my teenage son and I both got smashed and passed out on the rug in front of the Fireplace. She was always in a great mood around Christmas so she just let us sleep it off.

Later, we referred to it as the "Ronpopo Affair".
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I had a beautiful wonderfuly "charlie brown-ish" artificial tree that I bought back in 1988 when we bought our first house. It was 6 ft tall and about 4 ft in diameter. I LOVED that tree - because it was so sparse all my ornaments hung so nicely. Alas, I now do not have enough room for it. All our other homes could fit the tree, but this house has narrow rooms (12') and it just won't work.

I had a dilemma to deal with as I have over 100 ornaments. No balls for me - I have "things" that go on the tree. A bunch of homemade ornaments (mostly counted cross stitch and beaded types that I made), a bunch that my mom made (some of which used grandma's fabric from her sewing kit), things brought back from holiday's (I have a wooden Maine lobster, santa on a hammock that says "Key West") and other things to commemorate special events (this years ornament is a tiny lighted gingerbread house to commemorate our "new to us" home). Where was I going to put all these ornaments !

Solution - two artificial "skinny trees". They are 6 ft tall but only 24" in diameter. I have one in the "living room" (where the TV is) and one in the "family room" (where I have a couple of bookshelves filled with books).

For me it wouldn't be Christmas without seeing my "old friends" (my ornaments). Each one tells a story. I need my Christmas trees.
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Some of the artificial trees these days are quite realistic, without the fire hazard. We are on our third fake tree, and they just get better looking. The old ones go on freecycle.org
Ditto here. We are on our third artificial tree and this one is hard to detect as not being real unless you are standing right in front of it.

I buy those Sladkin "wall flowers" from Bath and Body Works in Balsam scent and plug it in to an outlet right behind the tree. The whole room smells like real tree for 4-5 weeks.

I 'd say a high quality fake tree purchased on sale around Jan 15 of the year before you first use it will cost $100-$150 and last a good 10 years or longer at only an average of $10-$15 per year. I love lowering my average cost of any recurring expense!
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This is our new artificial tree. Like many, we're done with the hassle of big trees real or fake. DW found this 18" one for ~$12, fits fine on a table in the living room.
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This is our new artificial tree. Like many, we're done with the hassle of big trees real or fake. DW found this 18" one for ~$12, fits fine on a table in the living room.
That looks great. I think I will get something similar. I have a set of LED fake candles I am going to use on the fireplace mantle, too. The candles flicker and look real unless you are right next to them.
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Two artificial trees... one in the front window (a small room) and one in the basement where Santa leaves gifts for the kids (if they've been good).
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Up in Oregon it was always a real tree. Down here it's a bit of green plastic. Saw a video of a copter jockey loading Christmas trees near Corvallis Oregon, something I've seen in person - pretty amazing skills:



Imoldernyou - your Christmas leg - did it come in a crate marked in Italian "fra'gile?
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We've always had a real tree, but last year the four of us (me, DW, two kids 22/24) decided that spending Christmas at home was not much fun any more. So we're going on a Caribbean cruise - we'll be in St Thomas (US Virgin Islands) on December 25. We will forego the tree, to pay for one of the shore excursions.
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haha, rompopo is a staple at my house at Christmas. It is misleading Just don't drive after drinking.
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So we are about done decorating. Three full sized trees, 2 mid size and a few small ones. that and about 10 large tubs of decorations. I admit, some years I don't want to so it but once we get going, it's fun.
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Since we moved to an apartment, we've switched to a small artificial tree. We generally do not spend Christmas at home, so I think it's a fine solution.
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Here is a video of Christmas tree harvesting from the pilot's perspective. Awesome flying skills, though I question the risk for what is a decorative item.

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Real tree again this year. Fraser fir about 8 feet. Just brought it in. House smells amazing. Decorations tomorrow. Some of the new artificial trees do look very good but the kids won't let me get one.
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Real tree again this year. Fraser fir about 8 feet. Just brought it in. House smells amazing. Decorations tomorrow. Some of the new artificial trees do look very good but the kids won't let me get one.
Nice! I'm jealous for the house smell!
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