Christmas trees have come a long way since I was a kid. In the 50s and 60s most everyone got a real Christmas tree. Only the super posh (and rich) got the fake tree. During the 60s there was also a rage for the silver metallic trees. Back then I thought they were the epitome of gaudy decadence, but I’ve since come to look at them with nostalgic fondness.
For years I avoided the fake trees purely because I loved the smell of real trees. Once I moved to the country though I felt I had enough ‘real’ in my life. That and I wasn’t crazy about taking the life of a tree purely for decoration.
On the other hand, tree growers grow them specifically to be cut, so I guess it’s a moot point. Then there are the Federal Parks that sell you a permit to cut your own tree (at certain parks only). It gets complicated what with supply and demand. Wildlife gets no say in whether you cut down their habitat.
Three years ago I bought a fake tree (after Christmas) but I have never put it up. A couple of weeks after I bought it, my neighbor who was downsizing and moving to a smaller house, tossed out his magnificent fake tree in our community trash box. I rescued it.
There were a couple of lights that weren’t working and maybe that’s why he tossed it, but it didn’t matter because I wanted the option of using my own lights. I carefully snipped off each light from the tree.
It’s one of the nicest fake trees I’ve ever seen. I imagine my neighbor spent a bundle for it new. The tree I bought is still in the attic, untouched by Christmas. I meant to offer it to my niece while she was here but I forgot.
Over the years, we’ve spent anywhere from $7 to $25 per tree–the price tag going up incrementally every year for forty years. My free tree, while bereft of natural pine scent is still my favorite. I go through great pains to gather each level of branches in its own size grouping so it’s easy to find and reassemble the next year.
Ornaments too are carefully preserved in tissue paper and bubble wrap. We have ornaments dating back to 1976. They’re too fragile to put out anymore but I keep them anyway because they give me such fond memories.
This year Greg helped me put up the tree. It’s always a relief to have your own personal elf helper. Those trees get heavier every year! LOL!
What about you? Fake or real? Flocked or natural? What are natural trees going for this year? –the big 6 foot+ ones, not the little ones.
Have you decorated yet? I hope you’ll post a picture of your tree either on your blog or Facebook. I love to see how people decorate their trees.