Friday, November 27, 2009

The Age Old Question

Controversy seems to just be a part of life nowadays.  Everyone is so concerned with being politically correct, worried about not offending anyone with their beliefs, and now people just conform to the "norm" disregarding their morals and values.  I agree everyone has a right to their own opinions, beliefs, views.  I may not agree with you, but I am still able to remain respectable towards you.

So what am I really talking about?  Working vs. Stay-at-home, Bottle Feeding vs. Breastfeeding, Republican vs. Democrat, NRA vs. No Guns Allowed, Spanking vs. No Spanking, no I am talking about...
Real vs. Artificial.

We are all fake here...pre-lit and everything.  Eric and I bought this tree the Christmas before we got married.  Actually, we got it a couple of days after Christmas for $18.  Our humble, little (seven foot) tree is decorated with all of the ornaments we made when we were in elementary school.  Some of them have not lasted the winters here, so they hit their final resting place last night, the garbage.  Now each year we are adding the ornaments that Molly has received.  Eric and I have given her an ornament each year, and we will continue to do so.  I love having little traditions like that.

So, are you real or fake?  And what type of ornaments can be found on your tree?

17 comments:

Veronica said...

Love how this post starts out all serious. I was prepared for something hardcore and then I read on find it's about Christmas trees! :)

You know...growing up my parents always pulled out the same old fake tree. When I got married, I really wanted to get a real tree just because that's we never had growing up. I've done real trees for the last several years and love it. Don't love the clean up though!

As for ornaments, I usually go with a different colored theme every year. I don't have too many ornaments from school, but there is one special little teddy bear that I made in the first grade that still goes on my tree. The tree wouldn't be complete without that little guy!

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Becca said...

HA! That was pretty funny. I was thinking where in the world is this post about to go?!

We are fake here babay!! It is a pretty pitiful fake too because it was the first tree I bought like two nights before Christmas when I was living by myself. I think it is maybe 5ft!! I am super ridiculous when it comes to matching so all of our decorations are blue and silver. Well, except the ones from Autumn each year and now Aubrey!!!

Your tree is very pretty! I think it is so neat that you have yours and your husbands decorations over the years on it too!

Steph T. said...

Fake and Pre lite girl!! So easy!! I love it! We finally broke down and bought a new one after Christmas a couple of years ago. I Love it!! YOur tree is pretty!

Sarah Robbins said...

You're too funny! This is a big dilemma for me, too! My dad had a Christmas tree lot for a bunch of years when I was growing up, so I grew up loving real trees. But we have a fake one. Easier and less expensive in the long run- especially since it was free! We put it up, but have not decorated it yet. I'll post pics when we do. :)

Holly said...

Fake! hahaha I've never had a real one and I don't know of anyone who has. The only thing I would like about it is the way it would smell. I like the smell of pine.

I believe our tree is prelit? I seriously can't remember.

Our tree is blue and silver. Growing up my mom always had a variety of ornaments and it was neat but I wanted a color coordinated one. It'll prolly change in the future. I have a small fiber optic tree from DG that I think I will put Carleigh and Jordan's ornaments on. I like the idea of them having a tree just for them.

Holly said...

Do you remember the bare butt angel ornaments? I have one of those. It's one of my favs.

Barclay Kathryn said...

I always said I would never do fake in a million years (we always had real growing up) but since getting married and the fact that the hubs already had a 7 foot one from college, we've always used that cause we're too cheap to shell out the $ for a real one when we've got a fake for free! : )

Kari @ p.s. love.love. said...

Fake because I put it up the day after Thanksgiving and take it down the a couple days after Christmas. Real ones would get too dry for my liking!

I mix up my ornaments every year. I have all different kinds, from my family, ones I made, ones hubby made, ones we bought, etc.

This year I did all my red, white and gold ones. Guess I had me a theme!

What fun! You dilemma causing family :o)

Stephanie said...

Haha...I was wondering what controversy you were going to bring up ;) My husband's parents have a Christmas tree farm on their property, so we definitely have to have a real tree. Our first Christmas we got a tree at Thanksgiving at their house and decorated it with ornaments I have collected over the years plus some cute snowflake ornaments I bought along with a large snowflake for the top and white lights. Our second Christmas we bought a tree at a tree lot near our house and decorated it pretty much the same way. Last year we didn't do a Christmas tree, because we had a new baby and spent Christmas at my husband's parents' house. This year is the same - no tree for us, because we will celebrate with his family...plus, I can't imagine what my 16 month old would do with a Christmas tree in our living room...

Jenilee said...

We always had a real tree when I was growing up. My mom has since switched to a fake tree, two trees actually. :) We have a fake tree but we might get a real tree this year. we'll see. :)

Kristin said...

LOL!! You're so funny Kate! Growing up we always had fake trees and we've always had a fake one in our house. I just do not want to deal with a real one. One year I helped my friend drag their real one into the house and it was crazy. We were laughing so much I don't know how we managed to get it anywhere and it was all dirty and sticky. Yuck!

We have lots of ornaments from when we were kids, the ornaments the girls have made, and all the ornaments they've been given. Their Grandma buys them those really nice Lenox personalized ones with their name/date each year and their Grammie sends them ornaments. We usually try to buy 1 or 2 new ones each year too that have special meaning....maybe just their favorite character or whatever. I just love the memories I get every year as I pull out our ornaments!

Christina said...

stay at home, republican, bottle feeding, not a fan of guns, was spanked but don't do it, God loving, artificial pre-lit tree using house HERE. hehe

I remember when I was little, my parents would get a real tree........I think the thing I love about it is the yummy Christmas tree smell.......but nothing a little Yankee Candle can't fix.

Linda said...

Real trees as a child...except when we had a silver aluminum one for a couple of years.. That had an electric color wheel underneath it to make it chage colors. HA! (They sell those in antique stores now) (:>)

A few real ones when my kids were little. One time a flocked white tree. But always a fake tree now. It is much easier.

I do my tree all fancy now, but had home made ornaments when the girls were little. And we also put candy canes on it when they were little too.

Now I just do it fancy and I really enjoy it. Even though I did give my big 10 ft. fat tree away and bought a skinny 7 ft. one that is much easier for this grandma and grandpa to manage!

May the blessings of the season be yours.

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Mom Putnam said...

Kate, Have always had a fake tree,b/c of the firplace the real would dry out to fast. I like the fake b/c I can put it up early and take down late (since the season goes fast). I used to hire someone to put the light on b/c I hated that job. But, now I have a pre-lit tree and love it. My ornaments are from years past and some are 30 years old made by John and I when we were first married and they are made from straight pins and sequins. And of course, Katrina, Holly, and I have our bare butt angel ornament compliments of my grandma. So, that is always on the tree along with some that are sentimental from passing of relatives. I am looking for the perfect ornament for Carleigh. And I am going to start a tradition of my own this year by buying my granddaughters an ornament of their own for their tree. Making new memories and traditions are fun, especially this year that the girls are at the right age. And carleigh will be at the top of the list with her ornament and her memory.

He & Me + 3 said...

We have an artificial tree. I am so afraid of them catching on fire. Ours is decorated with family ornaments and an ornament for each child each year from us and their grandparents...it is packed already.

Katie said...

How funny, mine is fake too. It just seems easier even though I like the idea of a real tree and smell.