I am a sucker for Christmas trees. I love them, love them, love them! I am partial to the real vs. faux variety. As far as I'm concerned, it just doesn't feel like Christmas in my home if I don't get a real Christmas tree and I'll tell you why.
We always had a real tree for the holidays when I was growing up (well, almost always). I'm a city girl so it's not like we ever went to chop down our own tree. No, it was more like we went to a paved parking lot that had been set up with a pop-up Christmas tree vendor. Oh, I remember the excitement of going to pick out our tree. I had very set criteria.
- It had to be bigger than me.
- It had to be wide, no skinny trees for me.
- It had to look good from all sides.
We'd bring that tree home and my mom would pretty much let me decorate it however I wanted. The sight of it, the smell of it, the joy of it made me feel happy. To be honest, it didn't much matter what went under the tree. Our gifts were always modest and I hardly remember any of them, but I remember the trees, the beautiful trees. There were years with tinsel and years without. There were years with flocking, but most had not.
Then there was the year when it seemed like Christmas wouldn't come. It was a sad and difficult time that felt sadder and more difficult because it was happening during the holidays. I was still impossibly young, but somehow I knew not to ask when we were going to get our Christmas tree. I didn't care that there would be no presents, but it broke my heart that there would be no tree. We were lucky, Christmas did come that year. A friend of the family, who lived across the street, came over one day and set up an artificial Christmas tree on a tabletop and surrounded it with gifts that she had bought for all of us. That year she was Santa Claus.
Maybe I'm biased against faux trees because they remind me of a particularly difficult time. Or maybe I'm partial to real trees because they remind me of so many good times. Whether you like your trees real or faux, I hope you feel much joy this season.
Do you have a preference for real or faux Christmas trees?