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Real or fake Christmas tree

My family has had a flocked tree my whole life... and it is 22 years old and haggered haha. I like it because it is unique but I have never gotten the chance to cut down my own tree. I think that would be a really neat family tradition.

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Honestly, there's nothing nicer than a pretty blue spruce or other type real tree done up for Xmas. That being said, I cannot tell you the last time we had a real tree here in our house. Heck, it might have been a full 20 yrs ago when we lived in Germany! By the way, there's a great place to be during Christmas! Gluhwein, Christmas markets with fresh foods (I can smell the brats cooking now!) OK...OK, I'm back now....LOL

I agree that cutting a fresh tree is a wonderful experience for any family, but the logistics make it tough. I say TRY IT! Then you'll know for sure if it was worth the effort required to accomplish it.

Ahhhhhhhhhh....gluhwein! It doesn't get much better on a cold evening in front of the fire. Now, there's one thing I CANNOT do without on Christmas, a nice fire in the fireplace.  Thumbs up

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When I was younger we used to

When I was younger we used to always head up to the hills and cut our own tree down.  It can be alot of work especially if you are getting more than one tree and then if the tree you cut down falls wrong you have alot of work to do when you get it back hiome reparing branches.  But I will say I prefer a real tree over a fake tree anyday.

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We had a great tradition in Alaska.  We used real trees, and at midnight on New Year's Eve we'd drag the tree out to the lake behind the house and burn it.  It was a great way to close out the season.  Unfortunately, we can't do it anymore because city government here in the Lower 48 has a thing about burning things without a permit.

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Our town now has a way to get rid of the real trees many use. Drop them at a local State Park and they are later chipped up and used as natural ground cover throughout the park.

I do like the burning thing though. Was probably pretty cool to see! Thumbs up

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It was a lot of fun.  The

It was a lot of fun.  The tradition in the neighborhood had morphed into a midnight bonfire.  That was always a lot of fun...out in -30 temps in the darkest part of the year, standing by a bonfire out on the ice and toasting the new year.  After months of freezing temps, it's a real treat to stand outside and be warm without the hat, gloves, and coat.  And you'd be amazed how fast a dried up Christmas tree explodes when you throw it on the fire...kids loved it.

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I'll tell you this.... Just your description has me grinning wishing I could see it. I understand your missing it!!  Yes

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We only have real trees for Christmas in our house.  I cut ours fresh the day after Thanksgiving. Scotch Pine is what we typically will harvest.  After Christmas the tree always gets reused by us in one way or another, usually in the form of being added to our firewood pile for either the backyard firepit or to add to our firewood bundle for camping in the summer.  How's that for conservation of a renewable resource?   

You can get a permit from the forest service to harvest your own in a designated cut area.  We've done that from time to time.  The permits are generally $10 or so.  More often we support a tree farm that's located on the eastern outskirts of Greeley.  They plant Christmas trees for a living.  There you select your own and you cut your own and they bail them for you too.  They're good people and actually call their trees Christmas Trees instead of holiday family trees, they also tell you Merry Christmas as opposed to happy holidays.  Yeah they're good people  Thumbs up

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We've always had real ones.  Somehow the fake trees just seem....well fake.  You know like comercial, imitation, and sort of cheating.  I mean you don't get that great spruce smell and you don't have to clean up needles on the floor for three weeks!  Isn't that cheating?

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