Because of this, my family delights every year in going to any possible number of nearby tree farms to select the perfect Christmas tree, cut it down fresh, and then enjoy its freshness the entire month of December. I know that most people have resorted to artificial Christmas trees for several reasons. I understand that over the years it becomes cost-effective not to re-purchase every year. I understand that it simplifies the process to a large degree, not only on the set-up but also on the taking down. I understand that it diminishes the fire danger. I understand that they don't shed their needles. Okay, that's about all I can come up with.
Now, for the downsides. Where is the fragrance? Where is the magic of a real tree in your living room? Where is the beauty that simply can't be replicated by an artificial tree? Where is the diversity of having a different variety each year?
I love fresh trees. I will always love fresh trees, and as long as I am able I will continue to enjoy fresh trees.
So what's up with this?!! As we speak, there is a delightful little artificial tree set up and decorated in my living room!
Because we are having Christmas in Florida, Brian and I decided that we didn't need the hassle of putting up a tree at home this year. I had purchased a small fake tree to be shipped to our resort so that we can enjoy it for Christmas down in the sunshine state. Well, it was actually Miranda in her wisdom that suggested that we give it a trial-run and set it up in our home before we go. Oh, what fun! I am thrilled with it. It is adorable. It was sooooo easy to put up. We didn't have to move any furniture. We didn't have to get out the vacuum when we were finished. Well, you get the picture.
Does this mean I have changed my tune? Does this mean I have been converted and joined the "dark side"? Heavens no! Next year you can be sure that I will have things back to normal around here.
But for now, I will grudgingly admit that artificial trees can also be kind of charming...;-)