Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Why Fake It?
I love the smell of real pine, I do. I love living where I do now, God has blessed me with the Sierra mountain foothills and the pine trees therein. The whisper of the wind through the pines, the smell as the sun warms them, yes, it's lovely and delightful and fills my senses and makes my heart happy.
Unless that tree is dead and in my house.
Then a whole new set o things happens, it attacks my senses, offends my well being, terrorizes my sinuses, and by Christmas, I am sick. It happened several years in a row before I caught on,"Hey, maybe it's the dead tree in the room." We tried a fresh cut tree one time, that worked out a lot better, but eventually, I felt the same things happening.
Enter the fake tree.
I know, I know, FAKE...but seriously, when given a choice between being healthy on Christmas day and being miserable and sick, which would you choose? I want to enjoy the day, enjoy my hard work of finding gifts for my giant family, not sit in a stuper of medicine and wish I was asleep.
Then the environmentalist in me is happy too. I was always a little sad to think these poor growing LIVING trees were just chopped down and that's it, they are dead. Enjoyed for a month and cast out. No more oxygen making, no more bird nests, or whispering breezes. That's right, I speak for the trees, just a little. I am not going to chain myself to one, I am not going to judge you for having a real tree. I still love real trees. I am just torn on the whole idea.
For us it's also extremely economical. I bought our current tree during a massive 75% off sale after Christmas one year, It's price was equivalent to one big live tree, or perhaps 1 1/2 smaller ones...so it paid for itself by the next year.(These days it would be one standard tree) So I have that much more money to spend on presents each year, or for the electricity for the lights, because I am a light junkie on my tree. I love the lights. I make sure it looks good in just lights before adding anything else. It's also good during a lean year, like this year and last year, seriously, if we didn't have a fake tree, we wouldn't have one at all. It's also not the fire hazard of a real tree. We have lived in really dry climates, and tree fires do indeed happen.
This is just what works for me, what works for you?
Do you use a real tree or a fake one? Are you a purest? Do you judge others on what they have? (All you real tree people, I explained my problem, be nice). You can vote in a comment, but I'd love to know reasons too. Is it a fond memory? Allergies like me? Let me know.
For amazing, frugal, and fabulous ideas, and a lot of them...head over to Shannon's Dryer.