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Team Natural or Team Artificial?

By Trish
December 9, 2012

Historically all indoor winter decor was natural. With the invention of artificial greenery, Team Artificial was created. I'll even allow that some bat for both teams. Whatever the case for your family, come share your holiday traditions of decorating with us!

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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Dec 8, 2012 6:10 PM CST


Artificial for those areas where there is concern about fire, Blinking

then fresh for arrangements and to give the fragrance that

says ... It is Christmas Time. Lovey dubby



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Paul2032
Dec 8, 2012 8:59 PM CST
My preference is fresh but my wife loved to start decorating the day after Thanksgiving and leave things up until after New Years so artificial lasted better. Now I do just a little decorating.....two fresh containers on the porch and two Nativities on the kitchen mantle. My son and daughter would put up the tree but then it would have to be taken down so I ride around at night and enjoy everyone elses trees and lights. Things change.......... Sad
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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valleylynn
Dec 8, 2012 9:16 PM CST
I'm on this team, a little of both. We put up an artificial tree now for convenience, but still enjoy something fresh for that wonderful evergreen scent in the house.
I will do some kind of arrangement with boughs cut from our fir tree out back.
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CarolineScott
Dec 8, 2012 11:19 PM CST
On team both. I am using a Norfolk pine as my tree, and will use it in the yard when it gets warm.
I like real poinsettias, but use some artificial too.
Name: Jean
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rocklady
Dec 9, 2012 8:20 AM CST
CDsSister said:

Artificial for those areas where there is concern about fire, Blinking

then fresh for arrangements and to give the fragrance that

says ... It is Christmas Time. Lovey dubby



I agree I agree I agree

Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

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Shannon
Dec 9, 2012 9:04 AM CST
I'm on team both. I like having my tree up right after Thanksgiving Smiling and usually take it down in January after the three king's come Angel

So I have had the same artificial tree for 22 yrs now "Wilber" I also have live greens in my kitchen and through out the house. This year I even

put live on my fence and porch outside. We have live wreaths on all the outside doors and my truck grill Hurray!

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rocklady
Dec 9, 2012 9:16 AM CST
Beautiful tree, Shannon. Lovey dubby
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
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Shannon
Dec 9, 2012 9:18 AM CST
Thanks..I Love Christmas Lovey dubby
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Name: Jean
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rocklady
Dec 9, 2012 10:00 AM CST
I love Christmas, too.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
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fiwit
Dec 9, 2012 12:36 PM CST
Paul2032 said:My preference is fresh but my wife loved to start decorating the day after Thanksgiving and leave things up until after New Years so artificial lasted better. Now I do just a little decorating.....two fresh containers on the porch and two Nativities on the kitchen mantle. My son and daughter would put up the tree but then it would have to be taken down so I ride around at night and enjoy everyone elses trees and lights. Things change.......... Sad


Group hug Group hug Group hug
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Trish
Dec 9, 2012 3:16 PM CST

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They do indeed, Paul Crying

That's the thing about traditions- it's like glue for your memories. Even without your lovely bride, you have those precious memories of the traditions the two of you built with your family. Group hug
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rocklady
Dec 10, 2012 10:16 AM CST
The first year we had an artificial tree, my MIL came into the house, glimpsed the tree, took a deep breath and declared, "how she loved the scent of a fresh tree!" The power of suggestion maybe???? We hadn't sprayed it with that artificial "fragrance," either! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Trish
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Trish
Dec 10, 2012 10:23 AM CST

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Rolling on the floor laughing
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valleylynn
Dec 10, 2012 10:57 AM CST
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Paul2032
Dec 10, 2012 11:14 AM CST
Thanks Trish......I know this is off topic but here I go...some of my Christmas Treasures
Thumb of 2012-12-10/Paul2032/7c0352 Some of Kathy's Nativities
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Thumb of 2012-12-10/Paul2032/0281aa This one is made of olive wood. My Mother-in Law brought it from Israel. Note my camera reflected in the corner.
Thumb of 2012-12-10/Paul2032/73827c One of Kathy's quilts.
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Thumb of 2012-12-10/Paul2032/077260 'Flight Into Egypt'. This belonged to one of my great Grand-Mothers. It must be 100 + years old. Trees are modern.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Name: Jean
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rocklady
Dec 10, 2012 11:20 AM CST
These are indeed treasures. Just beautiful! Lovey dubby
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

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vic
Dec 10, 2012 11:22 AM CST
Paul, those are absolutely beautiful Lovey dubby

Thank you for sharing them with us Thumbs up
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SongofJoy
Dec 10, 2012 11:22 AM CST
Very lovely. What special keepsakes those are! Lovey dubby
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Trish
Dec 10, 2012 1:16 PM CST

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I agree I agree Crying
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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Dec 10, 2012 3:33 PM CST
Slow time of year for plants so here is more Christmas from 2010
Thumb of 2012-12-10/Paul2032/b8add9 Bradie .....my Grand-Daughter
Thumb of 2012-12-10/Paul2032/a41274 The tree 2010
Thumb of 2012-12-10/Paul2032/508ffe Ready for Christmas Breakfast
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Thumb of 2012-12-10/Paul2032/888aa5 The kitchen mantle
Thumb of 2012-12-10/Paul2032/b41f12...My dear Mother made the Christmas stockings and about 50 others for extended family
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Thumb of 2012-12-10/Paul2032/de1555 The tree top
Thumb of 2012-12-10/Paul2032/a5bbb0 Santa
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah

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