How do you choose which type of is best for you and your living situation?
I always have (and always will) be a real fir type of girl. Since before I can remember, my family and I went to the local farm stand or tree farm and chose a towering tree. We all know it’s too big & my mother constantly reminds us as we pay and then again as we throw it into the back of my dad’s truck. The real tradition is my dad cutting the truck of the tree bit by bit until finally it will fit my mother’s gigantic angel on top. However, she (the angel) always ends up with her body half pressed against the ceiling.
I always thought the smell and the spray of needles across the floor were essential to my holiday. However, since going to college and moving from apartment after apartment I’ve had to adapt the festivities every year. Life changes and luckily we are adaptable festive creatures. Here is how I’ve chosen the right tree over the years –
Real v. Fake
Nothing can parallel the smell of a real tree in your home. It’s like the OG Yankee Candle. After the smell and the look of a real tree, the experience of choosing a tree is something that is a staple of the holiday season. Living on my own, I wasn’t able to go home (as many working professionals cannot) to pick out a tree with mom and dad. So, my roommate and our SO’s went to Noel’s Christmas Tree Farm in Litchfield, NH in order to choose our holiday classic. We chose a Douglass Fir from Canada, as all cut your own trees above 4 ft had already found homes. We fondly named her Agnes because it seemed a fitting name for a French Canadian woman – does anyone else name their trees like us? Blue Spruce and Douglass Fir trees are my favorite; although their tiny needles fall off and require extra cleaning, but I find they hold an ornament better than other species . Definitely get a tree bag (we forgot – oops sorry post Christmas stairwell) to make the clean up of your tree a little easier.
Fake trees can be really fun. They are very portable, last more than one season, don’t kill a tree & are dorm (and RA) friendly. We always had a fake tree in our college apartment because it’s better on space, which is essential when you live with three other girls. It can take the wear and tear of multiple holiday visitors or party go-ers. Pick up is minimal; no needles finding their way under rugs and pillows, especially when you are on a college budget and can’t afford a cleaning service. You can also get super fun colors – I’ve seen pink and silver foil just for starters. A super fun way to customize a holiday tree in ways you couldn’t before. However, most times they look fake and don’t have the same rustic, home-y feeling. However, paired with a Balsam & Cedar candle might just do the trick.
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What kind of tree did you chose this season?