The big Christmas tree debate…fake or real? Some love the faux trees while others are vehemently opposed. When my son was two and my daughter a newborn, we decided to take a drive to purchase our Christmas tree. Due to the fact that I had just had a baby a few weeks prior, we were late in the season and drove from tree lot to tree lot in desperate search for a decent, live tree. We were in the car driving to yet another lot when my newborn started to cry. It was that desperate newborn cry that would put me in a slight panic. I couldn’t take it and told my husband to drive to KMart and buy a fake tree. He picked out a tree that was pre-lit and also – get this – on a rotating stand. It was actually so cheesy that it was awesome. There was no pretense in this tree. It was fake and it was letting the world know it.
My newborn turns 16 tomorrow and we still have that tree! We have carted it out of the basement year after year and watched it turn with our presents underneath. Unfortunately, last year the lights on the top of the tree stopped working. It is starting to show its age and I have been thinking of what to do. Do we go back to “real” again after all of these years? Or, should I try and replicate my grandparent’s 70’s fake white tree?
You see, my grandparents in the 70’s had this great fake Christmas tree. It was white and like our tree, was in no way trying to look real. It owned its fakeness and I used to love it. I have been waiting for the opportunity to purchase a white tree like my grandparent’s tree and bam! This year on Black Friday one appeared in my email in a Target ad. I broke down and bought it as it was a great deal.
Now we have a dilemma. The new white tree is quite small at only 4’5″ compared to our still working but super old, twirling green tree that is 6 ft. Plus there is still the option of buying a real tree this year. I’ve decided to wait until my white tree arrives and I’ll see how it looks. My now 16 year old, Ella has high opinions on the matter. She insists on digging the old twirling tree out from the basement and that my new little white tree won’t cut it. The Christmas tree debate in our house is on!
Here are a few pics from Pinterest that I found of fake white Christmas trees. They are all so lovely!
I hope to get the tree soon and set it up. I’ll share on the blog and see what you all think!