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Team Natural or Team Artificial?

By Trish
December 24, 2014

It's Christmas Eve. Come grab a cup or glass of your beverage of choice and discuss your holiday decor with a few of your closest gardening friends!

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Name: Betty
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Dec 24, 2014 6:30 AM CST
We don't use a real tree because of allergies, trees hold a lot of mold very bad for people allergic to molds it is not fun being sick because of a tree.
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Name: Trish
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Dec 24, 2014 8:47 AM CST Admin

We don't use a real tree either Smiling
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Name: Elaine
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Dec 24, 2014 9:29 AM CST
Although I do miss the smell and freshness of a real tree, we haven't had one for at least 10 years. I just hate the waste of natural resources, growing and pruning trees for years, not to mention the shipping on trucks for thousands of miles to get fir trees to Florida to be used for a week then sent to the landfill for mulch.

We got a little fiber-optic tree that changes color, and is just the right size for our little area. Our grandkids think it is 'groovy'. I get a laugh out of it every time we put it up.

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Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
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Dec 24, 2014 12:59 PM CST
When I was about 4 years old, my family switched from natural to artificial. I wasn't all that happy about that but my dad told me that now we wouldn't have to kill a tree and that satisfied me. I've had an artificial tree now for at least 45 years. I don't know what it is like to have a real one though I figure it is a big mess.

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Name: Carl Boro
Milpitas, CA (Zone 10b)
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Dec 25, 2014 2:05 AM CST
Put me on Team Artificial.

Sadly, a couple of years ago my wife's asthma started kicking up because of the real tree. As Betty said it's no fun when the Christmas tree makes you sick.

With the fake tree, we also gave up the trips to the mountains to cut our own. I miss that.

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