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« Reply #250 on: November 06, 2015 07:44:40 PM »

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Do you put up a real tree or artificial?  Is your tree themed? When do you put it up?

We always did real trees and they bothered my asthma, so a few years ago we finally switched to artificial.  Not as pretty, but it's ok.  Our tree is not themed, unless you count hodge podge as a theme! We have a lot of handmade ornaments, special event ornaments and my Grandma's ornaments.  I try to put it up on Thanksgiving, but usually at some point that weekend.
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« Reply #251 on: November 06, 2015 08:36:43 PM »

am I first to answer???l
I love a live tree but the last few years we travel to celebrate so the tree dies....
I ended up buying a fake one- pretty nice, and I do like that it has lights already but I really love the smell of the live trees! We just do one- with lots of ornaments, and as much as I'd love to have it up early- it usually is done the week before Christmas! (so then I just keep it up halfway through January!!)

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« Reply #252 on: November 06, 2015 08:49:12 PM »

We have always had a live tree until we started growing trees.  Now we won't cut them down so we have an artificial tree. 

And it is loaded with all of our many memories from many years of living.  We never put up a tree before Thanksgiving and we usually leave it up until January 6 (epiphany). 

Sometimes it takes us a week or so to get all the ornaments on it.  And we always have a row of tiny bells at the bottom of the tree for the cat to play with.  She loves them.

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« Reply #253 on: November 06, 2015 08:49:46 PM »

We put up two trees - and they are polar opposites of each other!

Our main tree is a real tree - I love real trees. It has very rustic dcor on it - ornaments are made of wood, tine, and other metals.

Our second tree is a themed artificial tree. It is a BEAUTIFUL gaudy purple LSU tree. All of the ornaments are LSU themes, the tree topper is a football helmet, and the only gifts that go underneath it are LSU themed wrapped in LSU wrapping paper.

We decorate and put up  the tree the weekend after Thanksgiving.

I have been working like a whirling dervish! Last night I did cut my partners stocking - tomorrow is a day of and I'm planning to be a sewing fool! I have several projects mapped out ... in my mind .... so we will see what happens tomorrow!
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« Reply #254 on: November 06, 2015 09:20:21 PM »

 I live by myself, and rarely have visitors to my apartment, so instead of a tree I decorate myself with Christmas vest, sweaters,  jewelry and socks. Sometimes I try to match everything to one theme, and other times it's just a hodgepodge of Christmas wonderfulness.

As a young child we always had a real tree until my mother got tired of cleaning up the needles.   Then they bought a huge artificial tree which we put up every year for a long time.
 We never decorated with the theme, just ornaments that all the children made, and ornaments my grandmother made.  After my seven siblings and I moved out my mother bought a small artificial tree and decorated it with the Raggedy Ann and angel ornaments.  At the end of Christmas season she took the decorated tree up to the attic, and brought it down still decorated the next year.

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« Reply #255 on: November 07, 2015 05:36:46 AM »

We put up our tree sometime after Thanksgiving.  To me, Xmas decorating is so much work, to have it all up and done makes more sense if we do it when we have a longer time to enjoy it.

I was thinking about what kind of tree we have and why.  Because we have had both artificial and real.  And the only reason I could come up with that we do both is it depends on if hubby is up to getting the artificial one out of storage and putting it together, or if he wants to go with the "easier" way and purchase a real one!  Roll Eyes

Ours never has a theme, although hubby wishes it did.  We have my beloved Grandmother's ornaments on there, ornaments that were gifted to us from family, friends, or students, and many that we have purchased for our children.

We also have lights, garland, etc...

I finished Sharalee's stocking last night.  Working on a small/medium item right now.

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« Reply #256 on: November 07, 2015 05:59:18 AM »

onecrazymom - our fake ones has lights on it too, since that (to me) was the biggest headache, I do like that part!

pinokeeo - I love that you have bells for the cat to play with! This will be our cat's first christmas, so I'm interested to see how she behaves. She'll just be a year at the holidays.

texscrapper - I KNEW you'd have an LSU tree! How fun!

kmac - I think it's super fun that you decorate yourself! Cheesy  After my grandma's kids all moved out, she got a 3 foot tree and left it decorated in the spare room.lol

Ladybugs - I do think the themed trees are pretty, my aunt has 4-5 themes she switches between, but I just can't give up my favorite ornaments.  I love to look at them and talk about them when we put them on the tree every year.  One that my Grandma made has a picture of her and it's my favorite, even she was not terribly crafty and it's a little cheesy.lol
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« Reply #257 on: November 07, 2015 07:33:28 AM »

Growing up we always had a real tree ( much to my sister's dismay, she is allergic to pine) I know when I moved out all we could afford was a tiny artificial purple tree but now I have a full size LED tree. I miss the pine but I dont miss the mess it created. My tree usually isnt themed, well not intentionally. I collect Disney's Sketchbook Ornaments, so over the years my tree has become more and more Disney Tongue

I like the idea about the bells, its going to be my kittens first Xmas this year too, I might have to get the bells to keep him from attacking the whole tree.

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« Reply #258 on: November 07, 2015 08:22:07 AM »

We have always had an artificial tree but this year we are planning to get a real tree for a chance. Both of our kids also have their own fake little trees that they decorate themselves.

We usually put up the tree and decorations on thanksgiving weekend.

We don't have a theme for our tree but we do collect ornaments from vacations and each year we give the kids ornaments related to something they did/liked that year so when they leave home they will each have their own box of ornaments to take with them.

Oh I got the material for my partners stocking yesterday so hoping it will get made tomorrow.
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« Reply #259 on: November 07, 2015 09:21:57 AM »

 As a kid, my family would go out on my dad friends acreage, thigh deep in Canadian winter snow, cut down a nice fragrant tree and strap it to the top of our crappy car. Ah how I miss those adventures! Now with having cats that climb up our trees and a  grabbing curious toddler, artificial is the way to go! It goes up Dec 1st after all thanksgiving festivities has  passed and it is color themed with mostly silver, blues and whites in all shapes/sizes. We have a smaller accent tree we decorate with the traditional reds, gold and green ornaments.

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