Take a Stand! Real or Artificial Christmas Tree?

Real or Artificial Christmas Tree?

I need your vote in the comments section! We are a real tree family. Although, after our tree escapade this weekend I did contemplate switching sides. Let’s just say that the tree we have now is not the first one that we brought into the house. Anyway, people are usually pretty loyal to their type of tree—real or fake … “artificial”—sorry.

Why is the evergreen tree a part of the Christmas celebration anyway? Well, we have read The Legend of the Christmas Tree to our kids for the last few years. It’s a cute story, and it clearly points to birth, life, and death of Jesus, but it’s not the entire story of the Christmas tree-by far. If your interested in the somewhat controversial history of the Christmas Tree read this Christianity today article on why we have a Christmas tree, it’s pretty good!

Ok, your turn! Real? Artificial? Why? What did you have growing up? Are you artificial but you wish you could be real? Are you real and you wish you could be artificial? (I’m beginning to sound like an episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey…not that I watch it.) Is an artificial tree even really a tree? Please leave a comment and invite someone else to jump in the conversion through facebook. Also, if you’re not on our email list please sign up below, or get The Ordained Barista delivered directly to your RSS feeder by clicking the mug at the top of the page! Thanks, you will never know how much it helps!

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  • Terry Mc

    I’m an artificial tree girl, sorry. But I like to have a real pine wreath for the aroma. But vacuuming needles and bringing spiders into the house is NOT my cup of tea. I think we had one or two real trees while growing up, but not many!

  • Susannah

    Artificial convert. LOVE the real tree, and ALWAYS had one growing up, but they make such pretty artificial ones now (growing up, artificial = spindly white thing with blue ornaments). I’m lazy and don’t like to vacuum needles or be bothered with watering it…LOL.

  • http://www.trentphoto.net James Trent


    it’s the only way to go!

    Seriously, the smell, the needles, the wood branches… real tree for sure.

  • The Ordained Barista

    I am so surprised that your a convert—some may say trader. The tree you had growing up sounds awesome, do you have any pictures?

  • The Ordained Barista

    I’m with you, James. Although the new ones look more and more and more real there is something, seemingly, inauthentic about it?

  • al defazio


    But not just any real. LIVE real. There’s nothing quite like hauling a 5′ tree with a 70 lb ball of dirt attached to it into the living room, hoisting it into a huge galvanized tub, and then trudging out after the holidays to plant the thing in an icy January wind. Ah, the holidays.

  • The Ordained Barista

    Al, Are you kidding? You really do this, or am I being gullible? Is this some echo-friendly option or a tradition? When did this get started? This might be the coolest thing I have ever heard of.

  • Jen Delean

    I prefer “Faux” tree. I feel good about teaching our kids about the importance of protecting the environment. One less tree cut, one less home destroyed for our little woodland friends, and one less planted just to be hacked down next year :)!

  • Megan McGrory

    No more real trees for us! Too many allergies to the pine. Is REALLY bad for the asthma too. Always had real trees as a kid and up until a few years ago had real until we were all suffering. It’s amazing how fast I “got over” no sap, no sawing, no watering, and no daily vac! Throw a couple of scent sickles in the branches and everyone is happy.

  • Terry Mc

    I don’t think Al is kidding, Bar. The one time I remember a real tree, it WAS live, and we tried planting it in the front yard on Saxer Ave, but it didn’t work. If I wasn’t afraid of the spiders, and had someone to haul it in and out, I’d probably do that, too. See me in 10 years. We’ll see! Good for you, Al!

  • Kimberly Jefferson

    Hi Barry :)

    I have to say my tree for the past few years has been real, I love the real trees, I love going out and picking it, last year we had an artificial tree and I was pretty disappointed, it went along with me not being in the Spirit of Christmas.

    This year we are definitely going to have a real tree and it is going to be so much as the granddaughters I know will love and so will the cats. I love the smell of the real tree, even though the pine needles hit the floor, it’s all part of Christmas. Plus real trees are so much easier to decorate. I am so excited as it gets closer to putting up the tree.

    Have a great night!


  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    Barry, your humor shines through in your web-page title and in your post. Had nothing but real growing up in South Texas (hardly the heart of evergreen country) but currently artificial in Wisconsin (home of numerous Christmas tree farms). Have crunched through the snow in the past to select, cut down, and bring home “the big one.” May return someday to the “real” world of Christmas trees.–Tom

  • The Ordained Barista

    Thanks so much for taking the time to visit the site! There is no doubt that artificial is probably much easier! I wonder if/when you decide to go back to the real thing if you will miss the artificial one? Thanks again for the visit and taking the time to leave a comment! ~Barry

    P.S. Texas to Wisconsin sounds like it has a couple of stories in it? Ha!

  • Joshua Harper

    I’m afraid that I must stand by the real tree. My family has a tradition of going out to a farm outside our neighborhood, drinking hot apple cider, eating roasted peanuts, and of course, chopping down the perfect Christmas tree. My Mom can spend hours hunting for the “right tree.” My brother and I exhaust ourselves trying to take the tree to our car. Getting the 11″ foot tree on top of our car… well, that’s what makes it a fun day. One of my friends has an artificial tree… it just doesn’t work for me. There’s something distinctly “fake” about it.

    We also have a small pine tree growing in the middle of our front yard, far from other trees. My younger sister goes out and decorates it with a few baubles.

    Merry Christmas!

  • The Ordained Barista

    11′ foot tree? Holy cow? Yeah, I’m with you- my wife can look for hours for the right tree too! Do you guys still cut down a huge tree?