Thursday, December 19, 2013

And Finally, The Christmas Trees...

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Once again we had to have a real Christmas tree. 

You know, the kind that dries out even though you cut the trunk fresh and fill it up with water?

and have to keep filling it with water?

and even though you keep filling it up with water, a whole bunch of needles fall off every time you walk by and happen to catch a branch?


The reason we keep getting a big real tree is because our daughter always wants big real trees. 
She practically begs. I didn't give in to the huge 12 ft tree, but she wore me down and we ended up with a 9 foot tree. 
The very tippy top is over 9 feet tall. 

The North Carolina mountains got a lot of rain this year, so all the trees we saw were very bushy
and tall.

Mr. Fanatic put on the lights and our youngest daughter put on a few ornaments. 

Then, they left  the rest for me. 

A couple of years ago, after seeing how fast a real tree burns, I purchased a manageable 7 ft, pre-lit tree thinking I could get away with it. 
Unfortunately not...

Pre-lit trees are so awesome. 
Get out the box...
put the 3 pieces together...
plug it in

Of course, you still have to add a few ornaments.  
Mr. Fanatic decorated this tree all by himself, with the exception of the burlap ribbon. 
I asked him to add the horse ornaments, purchased many years ago, but aren't quite vintage....yet.

Did I say how much I love a pre-lit tree?
Would be very happy to have this be our main tree.

So, do you have a faux Christmas tree or a real tree? Would love to know what you think!



  1. Both of your trees are stunning. I love, love, love the smell of a real tree, but I do have a faux one. So much easier. Hugs, Marty

  2. I love the Angel and irregular shape of a real tree. But. I have two faux trees. The handle heavier ornaments better. Easy up, easy down. No mess. And the cat isn't near as interested in a faux tree.

  3. Beautiful trees! We always do a real tree, and I think because of all the rain we got, this years is the best in a really long time! I have a skinny 9ft pre-lit that we use in our bedroom and I love it as well. Maybe someday when the kids are all grown, we will just use it.

  4. Love your trees Pam! Nothing like the smell of a real one.

  5. Hmmm guess what? We don't have a tree this year! Actually, there have been several tree-less years in our house. When my daughter was young we often went to Florida on Christmas day, so no tree. And this year I just could not do it! Husband is very happy without one, so I don't get much support there; daughter is coming the day after and we will all celebrate then by going out for dinner (and, as she will be here for 5 days, lots of shopping I am sure..)

  6. I love both kinds of trees but I gravitated to the artificial because of the maintenance and convenience. I live in an area where Christmas tree farms are abundant and we could go get one easily. Maybe I'll try natural again if some Grandkids start to appear!! Your home looks lovely!
    Have a Merry Christmas Pam!

  7. Your real tree is truly stunning! The lighting, the ornaments, garland, and the beautiful tree, itself!
    Not to minimize the mess & safety issues of a real tree, but I can understand why your daughter doesn't want to sacrifice such a very lovely tradition.
    Have a very merry Christmas !

  8. They are all so gorgeous Pam!!!…Merry Christmas to you and your family!...


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