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Real or Artificial – What kind of Christmas tree will you have?

Each Christmas there is a ‘debate’ over real versus artificial Christmas trees.

The thought of cutting down a new tree each year is an environmental concern for some.

Given the current economic climate, artificial trees may be especially appealing for their value when compared with the recurrent, annual expense of a real Christmas tree. Their convenience is also appealing to consumers as they don’t need watering, don’t leave pine needles all over the floor and transportation from tree farm to home isn’t an issue.

However, some may feel that without the scent of fresh pine, it wouldn’t smell like Christmas! It’s personal preference

What are your views?  Do you have an artificial tree which makes an annual appearance?  Or do you prefer a real pine tree from a garden centre or farm shop? Or don’t you erect a Christmas tree at all?

Real or Artificial - What kind of Christmas tree will you have?

424 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Real Pine Artifical

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medicineman
5th Jan 2017
0
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The excitement of having a real tree in our home has vanished many years ago when all our children have flown the nest, living in far off distant lands and doing extremely well.

While my wife and remained here in this frightening, disorienting and unpredictable year this past year has been! It feels to me that civilisation has gone backwards at a rapid rate. As a passionate 'Remainder" ( and I appreciate you may not agree about Brexit) I feel ashamed to be British, but took some comfort from the fact that our small village in central southern England voted remain .
JohnHerb
22nd Dec 2016
1
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I think we should all have artificial trees and just keep planting new trees to soak up all the carbon in the atmosphere. Big waste every December chopping down millions of trees only to throw them away a few weeks later. We will look back in 50 years and think we were all mad.
Christiana
22nd Dec 2016
1
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No Xmas tree- only tinsel around pictures
Tsider
16th Dec 2016
1
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A beautiful real tree with gorgeous decs looks magnificent in the right setting but a tiny artifcial one set on a side table can look pretty with twinkly lights when living in a tiny flat. Safe too for those with less than perfect mobility
Marley444
15th Dec 2016
0
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Whilst I really love my real Christmas tree, I do worry that it won't stay looking fresh for 3 weeks .. I gave it a big drink last night so fingers crossed .. I love the smell. It took me 25 years to invest in a stand for it - used to wedge it in a bucket - so much easier to put up now we have a proper tree stand!
DawnyR
12th Dec 2016
1
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We have a live tree that can be planted out in the garden, much cleaner, no pine needles everywhere, and it can be brought in again next year.
ginntonic
10th Dec 2016
2
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I have both, a real Nordman fir in the living room and an artificial in the hall. My grandchildren dress the hall tree, they can put as many ornaments on as they want along with those they make. The real tree has the ornaments I buy over the years. Some are from when I first got married along with those I buy at Christmas markets around this country and Europe.
angelajenkins57
9th Dec 2016
1
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I love real tree's but as I live in a flat now I have a fake one.
Jude1959
9th Dec 2016
1
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I picked up a diddy 3ft pre lit from Wilkinson's for £8, I'm quite pleased with it, got about 20 lights on it an it's battery operated, ideal size to put it on my largest nest of tables, plus my dog monkey boy (aka Charlie) can't reach it, so he just growls at it.
davash
9th Dec 2016
0
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We have a new gold twig tree this year. Looks lovely with a small number of baubles attached. It has hundreds of led lights. Very bright and cheerful .
shortyshah
9th Dec 2016
1
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As long as it's good quality it does not matter.
mazmor
9th Dec 2016
1
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Have had an artificial tree for a couple of years, real trees are so expensive now. We bought a 'real looking ' tree in January sale.
Prosseco
5th Dec 2016
2
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We always have an artificial tree .
Janice Wilkinson
5th Dec 2016
4
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None, it is such a shame all these trees are cut down for a matter of a couple of weeks at Christmas and then dumped.
jstagg
5th Dec 2016
3
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We have an artificial one - I refuse to even think of putting up a tree till the last weekend before Christmas - and by that time most of the real ones are half dead and brown - and still expensive !9 years I bought what was then an expensive artificial one - and we still use it - tbh by the time you have the lights etc on you get the same effect with pine needles every where
Layla555
4th Dec 2016
2
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Real is nibce though
Bluekat
2nd Dec 2016
5
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We bought an 18 inch real tree in a pot for granddad in the nursing home some years ago, and repotted it as it grew and used it ourselves until it got too tall and planted it in the orchard. It's now 30 ft tall, and we tie feeders for the birds on it, with fat balls for Christmas! We now have an artificial one, with a collection of baubles going back to our childhood.
Georgie Girl
2nd Dec 2016
5
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Why cut down a perfectly happy growing tree!
Jo Kingham
2nd Dec 2016
3
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Artificial - can't stand the mess of a real one!
Superchick
1st Dec 2016
2
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Always had real until my husband passed away 2 yrs ago.
Now artificial tree - new memories....
Beany
29th Nov 2016
5
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This debate brought back funny memories to me of my sister buying my son " something he could keep" for his first Christmas and deciding on a silver tinsel tree which came in two halves with fold up branches.It used to be wrapped up carefully and fetched out every year when unfortunately bits dropped off so as the years passed the tree looked more and more pathetic and eventually we had to re name it ' the stick'.We sadly disposed of it when my son left home for Uni.
AnnieP13
28th Nov 2016
3
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Real ones are lovely but artificial are a lot easier
Layla555
4th Dec 2016
2
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Yes I think that 2
Jbro
27th Nov 2016
3
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Artificial unfortunately. I love real trees but can't cope with the mess they can make
Elrobo
27th Nov 2016
4
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smoggy
27th Nov 2016
4
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Just can't beat the smell of a Xmas tree
val d
27th Nov 2016
5
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Artificial it's better than having loads of mess and for the environment, always looks so pretty with lights and decs and last all over the holiday.
Annealten
26th Nov 2016
1
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Home alone.so Christmas tree
MrsPat
25th Nov 2016
5
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Artificial every time! Cannot be bothered with all the pine needles all over the floor. Its so much easier. We get the tree from the loft. Put some tinsel on it and 5 minutes later its Christmas!
Greymare
25th Nov 2016
4
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Downsized this year so not the same room but will still have a real one, love the smell
nanabet48
25th Nov 2016
4
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We have a small gold one indoors but there is a 30 foot tall one in the garden - too tall to decorate now.
nannasmith
25th Nov 2016
4
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My favourite part of Christmas is seeing a real tree in our home. Big or small, I don't mind as long as it is a real one.
Pwilly
25th Nov 2016
5
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For the last few years haven't had a tree, but this year I shall buy one I can plant in the garden.
hatters
25th Nov 2016
4
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We love real trees last one we had lasted 10 years bought a small one last year looking forward to decorating it
Terrysoldgal
25th Nov 2016
4
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We have used an artificial tree for over 15 years now and it looks lovely with the special baubles that we have collected over the years which evoke many memories when decorating it. I also believe we should be doing what we can to make the planet a better, greener place and not using a real tree is one small way.
Barton babe
25th Nov 2016
4
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I like the artificial tree best. We purchased our tree over 20 years ago in B&Q sale half price. It will last us out and go on to one of the grandchildren some day. It's 7 ft tall x 5ft wide and looks a picture.
Wilf
24th Nov 2016
5
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Real trees and always have had but it does make me sad to think that we have killed a tree like this. Also shouldn't we be growing as many trees as possible to absorb the carbon thats increasing global warming? But thats another story I suppose
Alicia
24th Nov 2016
6
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Artificial tree - we use the same one every year and do not need to waste any real trees which look better left growing where they are.
sukiesue
24th Nov 2016
4
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We go with an Artificial tree. We purchased it over 5 years ago now, I do like real trees but they can be too big and wide and the needles usually drop and you have to dispose of a real tree once Christmas is over.
Pam1960
24th Nov 2016
4
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I have just purchased a new artificial tree. I love the smell of a real tree but can't be doing with the needles. I don't have a lot of space for a tree and if the branches get knocked I find it is looking rather bare over the Christmas period an artifical one is more functional for me. There is also the issue of the disposal of the real tree after the festivities.
Sherry58
24th Nov 2016
4
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I love " real" trees but unfortunately we found out that my son is allergic to pines!so artificial for us.

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