Saturday, December 3, 2011

Fake Plastic Christmas Trees

The bell ringers are ringing away in front of the grocery stores. The Christmas music is blaring over the loudspeakers. Poinsettias have popped up all over the place. Fake plastic Christmas trees are sprouting up, wearing their gaudy decorations. But there is no snow. It tries to snow. It doesn't stick so it doesn't count as "real" snow. Since we have only a smattering of snow and it's time to put up the Christmas tree, my son suggested getting a fake Christmas tree this year. Since it doesn't feel like Christmas without any snow, might as well go ahead and put up a fake tree.

What is the attraction to fake Christmas trees? I don't really understand. Personally I love the real thing—a beautiful pine or spruce Christmas tree. It's smells real, it's needles feel real, you have to water it every day, and it gets that real sap all over your hands when you put it into the stand.

Some people are really attached to their fake plastic trees. They don't look or feel real. You have to find a big box to store them away. You have to pack them up year after year and pull them out of their box. You have to cart them around with you if you move. 

Why get a fake Christmas tree when you can get the real thing? Maybe all those fake plastic Christmas tree lovers out there would secretly like to have a real tree but for some reason or another have to settle for a fake tree. I'll seek out a true and real tree. Life is just too short for fake plastic Christmas trees.


Christianna said...

Now I have a blanket of snow on the ground and a real Christmas tree adorning the living room. Let the season begin!

alyssa said...

I was wondering if you had checked the weather forecast before posting your blog ;) Looks like we'll have snow for awhile!

I have a fake tree, because a real tree is a lot of work for one person who isn't home much. Mine is just a small one, which works for me. Sure it doesn't look or smell real, but it is much more convenient for me.

Christianna said...

I feel like it's been snowing since I posted this. But that's okay as it is December in Minnesota after all.

You can come over and visit my real tree Alyssa!