My laptop finally did bite the dust on Tuesday – so I’ve been going through some major withdrawals from the internet these past few days.

My new laptop finally showed up and I love it!  I got such a great deal (thank you Cyber Monday!!) and as I’m loading all my software on it (and trying to remember all my log-ins everywhere…note to self: maybe keep passwords somewhere safe when you have your browser ‘remember’ them for you…then you won’t have to go through hoops to log into things when you forget what the browser is remembering for you.) I’m marveling at how much faster this new laptop is compared to my sluggish old one.   Now I can play online again – and since it’s Friday…Aloha!

Happy Aloha Friday!

From Kailani at An Island Life:
In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So on Fridays let’s take it easy on posting, too. Ask a simple question…nothing that requires a lengthy response. It’s a great way to make new blogging friends!

My question for you this week is:

Is your Christmas tree a real one or a fake one?

I’ve always had a real tree – even when I was single I still put up a tree in my apartment, and it always had to be real.  My favorite is the Noble Fir – they can look a bit scraggly, but they’ve  sure got character.   Once I moved away from the West Coast it seemed that buying a real tree became cost-prohibitive, so I bought a pre-lit fake Christmas tree (which cut down on the scratched arm syndrome from stringing lights).  When we moved into this house we had to get a ginormous 9-foot tree since our ceilings are 10+ feet, and the 6-foot one we had before looked funny in the living room.

The last couple of years I’ve had some pretty comical issues with that tree in my Christmas Tree Wrestling of ’08, Part 1 and Part 2; and last year most of the lights burned out, which defeated the purpose of having a pre-lit tree to begin with.  By the time I took the tree down last year, all the lights were completely burned out.  So now I have a dilemma – do I buy another pre-lit tree now so I can get a tree up and decorated, or should I get a real tree for this year so Princess Nagger can have that experience, or do I just put up the tree we already have and wait until the end of the season when the fake trees go on sale to get a new one?

What do you think?  Are you a Real Tree fanatic, or a Fake Tree fanatic?


Follow Friday 40 and Over


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Fun Follow Friday


I’m also playing along with Fun Follow Friday hosted by Simply Stacie and My Wee View. The goal of this hop is to get new Google Friend Connect Followers for your blog and be introduced to new blogs to follow. Be sure to leave a link when you follow so I can follow you back! Have a great weekend!

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  1. I am too frugal to use a real tree…but, when I was a child we always went and cut our tree down each year. The smell of a real tree is amazing, and nothing will replace the memories of trying to get a real tree to look great all month long lol. Why not get a real tree then buy a fake one on sale for next year?

  2. We do a fake. A couple years back we did a real – our fake had died also (which was really 3 fakes put together, it was sad). We found out Roy is allergic to it and couldn’t be in the same room with it too long. It did make the house smell good though.
    When I was a kid, my parents decided one year they would chop one down. We went into the woods in FL hunting for tree, we had to get two, since there was a bald section on both. My Dad tied it together and brought it home. From the heat of the house, all kind of bugs and animals came out of hibernation. It was an interesting Christmas, nobody wanted to be near the tree.

  3. I prefer a real tree but we have had a fake one ever since I’ve been married. It’s easier and less messy and the kids like to put the tree up after Thanksgiving so I don’t have to worry about it drying out. Plus, with the littles and the big doggie I would worry about a real tree being knocked over and water on the carpet, etc. I do think our fake tree is pretty, but the real ones are more festive and traditional. Can’t beat the smell of Christmas 🙂

    I say try a real tree this year and then see how you feel about it. You can always buy a fake one on sale for next year.

  4. We do artificial trees – it’d be hard to hang a real one upside down from the ceiling in the dining room.

    I did real trees for a couple of years when I was first married the first time, but it became apparent that they were causing allergic reactions in Oldest Son (everything causes an allergic reaction in that boy, er, man), so we switched to artificial.

    A prelit tree with no working lights sounds…pointless. Can you afford to buy a new one?

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  6. our tree is fake only because we live in a smaller house right now and with our busy schedule seems to work better. We have had both in previous years before

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  7. We are on year 14 with our fake tree. I love it! it’s much easier, no needles falling, the cat doesn’t try to eat it? (well as much) and it almost always fits in the door. LOL

  8. We do fake trees, though I’m not completely opposed to buying real ones, the artificial ones seem more cost effective right now.

  9. I have a fake one. Son and I are both allergic. Plus with the 2 cats, they’d be up it in no time. They seem to leave the fake one alone.

  10. I’ve always used a fake one these past 6/7 yrs in the USA. I hope to use a real one sometime, just for the experience.

    My FIL/MIL use real tree. I love the smell.

  11. I thought I smelled new laptop smell. Mmmmm.

    If you cut down your own tree it’s usually pretty cheap. And THAT would be an experience for PN! That’s the way we go now. For $20, we trek the boys into the woods and hack one down. It’s pretty fun.

  12. We always had a real tree growing up, and I was major anti-fake tree. Until we were given one by a friend our first year of marriage. I have to admit, I do love the ease of it. My husband wanted to get a real one this year, but honestly, I just don’t have the patience for it.

  13. We all have terrible allergies so it’s fake for us…not to mention that I put up several trees…right before Thanksgiving. No way the real ones would last in GA!

  14. Keep your tree. Snip the chord off for the lights, but don’t bother trying to get all of the lights off. You can’t see them when they’re not lit. String some new lights on, decorate as usual, and voila!

  15. We do a fake one as a compromise between my husband and I. He always wants to set it up the weekend following Thanksgiving and a real tree would become a tinderbox by Christmas (our house is very dry). The fake tree allows him to set it up early and not burn the house down (I call that a win/win).

  16. My Christmas tree is a fake one. Funny now that I think of it. My husband insisted we buy this tree in 2004. Two months later, he left and moved in with HER. I guess he figured I might not be able to afford a real tree any more. jerk. But I do like my fake tree. It looks real!

  17. We have had both real and fake. I must say, I am a fake tree kind of a girl.

    I do love our 9ft., tall and skinny tree best! And it’s pre-lit! Quite lovely, actually.

  18. I love real trees but have had fake trees the last few years because of space restraints. Our tree this year is truly a teeny tiny Charlie Brown Christmas tree that sits on top of a bookcase 🙂

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