Team Natural or Team Artificial?: natueral, always has been.

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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: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Dec 9, 2012 5:21 AM CST
I love the smell and scent of a natueral tree.When the lights heat up the branches after dark, it's enhanced even more.
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crittergarden
Dec 9, 2012 9:14 AM CST
Natural for me, since forever.
But as I age, artificial is sounding better.
I do things for myself and natural is getting harder....
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Dec 9, 2012 9:24 AM CST
This was my tree solution this year.
Not natueral but
Lightweight
Easy on lights and balls

DD and SIL will put up a tree from a farm.
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fiwit
Dec 9, 2012 12:38 PM CST
ge1836 said:This was my tree solution this year.
Not natueral but
Lightweight
Easy on lights and balls

DD and SIL will put up a tree from a farm.
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I like that!

One year, I stacked my still-unpacked moving boxes into a pyramid against one wall (my apt didn't have room for all my stuff, and i didnt' have storage), and strung lights and garland on them. Hilarious!
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Bonehead
Dec 9, 2012 1:57 PM CST
We've always had real trees and cedar or fir trimmings, love the smell. Last year and this, I've moved the tree outside on the deck and decorated it for the birds - lights, popcorn, bird seed, flower heads, and berries.
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Dutchlady1
Dec 9, 2012 2:00 PM CST
All natural here. There will not be fake trees, flowers or anything in my house ever!
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Trish
Dec 9, 2012 3:13 PM CST

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Bonehead said:We've always had real trees and cedar or fir trimmings, love the smell. Last year and this, I've moved the tree outside on the deck and decorated it for the birds - lights, popcorn, bird seed, flower heads, and berries.


I love this!!!

Hetty- I hear you, although I do bend that rule from time to time.
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vic
Dec 9, 2012 5:05 PM CST
Bonehead, I hope you post a photo of your outside tree - How kind and wonderful of you to feed the critters Lovey dubby
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Dutchlady1
Dec 9, 2012 5:08 PM CST
Trish said:

Hetty- I hear you, although I do bend that rule from time to time.


hmmmm Glare well, ok I guess I do o c c a s i o n a l l y bend that rule.... Shrug! Hilarious!

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Trish
Dec 9, 2012 6:05 PM CST

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Green Grin!
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Sharon
Dec 10, 2012 1:47 AM CST
Jo Ann, I like your tree solution and Bonehead I love what you are doing for the birds. I hang apples slathered in peanut butter and seeds in my trees, too.

I have a son who has allergies and though we had real trees and natural swags and wreaths for a few years, he spent every one of those holidays sick with asthma. Poor little guy began to dread Christmas until it was all finally resolved. No more dried nature inside. So now I have reasonable facsimiles. Close as I can get to real, the tree is full of them.

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vic
Dec 10, 2012 4:56 AM CST
That's beautiful Sharon Lovey dubby

I just bought that butterfly a few days ago. Thumbs up
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ge1836
Dec 10, 2012 7:27 AM CST
I love the creative solutions to the tree problem.Stacked boxes sounds wonderful
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mcash70
Dec 10, 2012 6:06 PM CST
ge1836 said:I love the creative solutions to the tree problem.Stacked boxes sounds wonderful


I agree I agree Thumbs up
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MaryC
Dec 16, 2012 11:40 AM CST
We cut our own tree with the grandkids in tow. They really look forward to it each year. But have a little bit of artificial garlands - they go bad so easily and drop needles everywhere, and are so hard to get her in Texas.
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Dec 16, 2012 11:48 AM CST
We made "ground pine" garlands one year.We gathered it in the woods on country property.
Only once. They do make a mess.

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