Now, now, that’s not what we’re talking about today!
Today we’re talking about Christmas trees! My very favorite part of the Christmas season is the tree. I love the smell, lights, decorating and mostly, how it makes a room feel. The Christmas tree glow is like nothing else. They’re all unique and beautiful.
Growing up, we always had a real tree. To this day, my husband and I still get a real tree. There was never any other option in my mind. Part of Christmas was going to get the Christmas tree, not drag it up from the basement; to me a fake tree was never an option.
It would kill my 10 year old self for even considering this, but the frugality in me is pushing more and more for a fake tree. I feel like it will take a lot of convincing on my husband’s behalf, but I’m so tempted to buy a really nice pre-lit Christmas tree and save thousands of dollars.
Like I said, going and picking the tree has always been a part of my Christmas tradition. I can’t imagine my daughter not having the same experience. If we buy a fake all she will know is mom and dad bringing the tree up, never learning her mother’s mad skills at picking the perfect tree. She will never know the smells of the tree lot, the annoyance of having sap all over your mittens, coat and shoes, or need to have the responsibility of daily tree watering and vacuuming fir needles from your house, year round. These thoughts make me genuinely sad. I loved these memories and want her to have them too but let’s be honest, at an average cost of $40/tree/year we’re looking at a cost analysis situation.
Fake trees are easier. You pop them up, some already pre-lit, and plug it in. No messy needles to clean up and minimal maintenance.
The big downsides for me, are room for storage and upfront cost. If I’m buying a fake tree, we’re buying a really nice one. It has to wow me! I also worry about the lack of storage we have. We’re very limited in storage and I wouldn’t feel comfortable putting this investment in a potentially damp area, ruining it. I honestly don’t know where we would be able to store such a large box in this house. We won’t be here forever though.
For us, this year at least, we’ll buy the real tree. I’m not ruling out getting a fake tree later but since we don’t have the extra money in our Christmas budget we won’t be able to but a fake tree this year anyway. I have 12 months to save up and consider buying one next year but for this family, I have a feeling that even with the $40 annual price tag, real will win the battle.
Do you buy a real tree or have a fake one? Why?