My wife "Put the tree together" last night...

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by dryheatbob, Nov 26, 2005.

  1. Weird.

    From the time I can remember til last winter, I've always had a real tree in the living room for Christmas. This year, we went plastic.

    Just. Weird.

    To add to that oddness, there's a pine scented candle burning that got a ain't quite right smell to it.

    Gonna take a few seasons before I can call this "tradition."

    Anybody else go faux and end up a little creeped by it?

  2. fenderx55


    Jan 15, 2005
    my grandfather used to have a fake tree. I understood that he was old...but i don't think i would be able to deal with a pine scented candle. THat's a little much.
  3. Marcus

    Marcus Guest

    Dec 26, 2004
    NYC & Vancouver, BC
    Honestly, faux is the way to go, as it will definitely save you from the stress induced by all of the cleaning that accompanies a real tree.
  4. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    I've only ever had a real tree once in my life. It rocked. I hate the fake.
  5. every year it is real... except last year, my brother and I could afford one... we were that broke.

    Real one this year
  6. Bassic83


    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    I like the smell of real trees, but hate the pine needles embedding themselves in the soles of my feet sometime in, say, mid-January. I had a real tree each year for my entire life, the whole famn damily would have to come home from doing whatever we were doing, and help put it up. At the time, we had four large (dishwasher-size) boxes full of"Winter Celebration" stuff to put up, and it would take the better part of two days to get everything arranged and put up. On New Years Day, we would have to spend the entire day, from sunup to well into the night, putting this crap away. No watching the Rose Bowl, no going over to friends' houses to play hockey, no nothing but putting those infernal decorations away. That experience poisoned my mind to the "Winter Celebration Season". I'll cook a turkey for Thanksgiving, but I despise the commercialism and rampant irresponsible, debt-generating materialism that has become "Winter Celebration".

    Makes me want to serve reindeer for "Winter Celebration" dinner.
    So I won't have a "Winter Celebration Tree" any more. My daughter asks why I don't, and I tell her flat out "I don't want to have one, you don't live here, your mother has one." I still give her "Winter Celebration Presents", but no trees. If I want the smell of "Winter Celebration", I'll burn some pine in the fireplace.
  7. SoundDragon

    SoundDragon Guest

    Sep 16, 2005
    Aloha, Oregon
    This Yule, as everyone since I can remember except for part of the pitiful 70's, we have a real tree. If it ever comes that I can't afford a tree, there will be at least some braches. There is nothing more satisfying than chopping up the tree. maybe on new years eve, and feeding it the flames of our hearth and watching it explode and blast us with its heat. It is the season of the coming of the light, after all!
  8. cb56


    Jul 2, 2000
    Ok, I'm not a tree hugger or anything. (far from it) But I just can't see chopping down a tree for this anymore. Fake is the way to go. Less hassle and mess. And less of a fire hazard also.
    Chop down trees to burn for heat, fine. To build houses fine. To build Basses, extra fine. But real Christmas trees just seem wastful to me. Just call me scrooge. And btw it is Christmas, not winter celebration. Christmas, Christmas, Christmas, Christmas, Christmas, Christmas!
  9. beyondhairy

    beyondhairy Guest

    Nov 10, 2005
    forest hills ny
    im jewish

    wana talk about a firehazzard? lol
  10. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck Guest

    Sep 26, 2000
    I've always had fake Christmas trees. My ma's allergic to pine needles.
  11. Fo' Shizzle

    Fo' Shizzle Guest

    Aug 28, 2003
    I love the real deal but I sneeze for a month.

    We spent a fortune on a 9 1/2 foot monster fake tree 4 years ago. I would never go back.
  12. Bassic83


    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    It's "Winter Celebration" "Winter Celebration" "Winter Celebration"!!! We can't risk offending anyone here in America! I know it's "Winter Celebration" because the news media says it's "Winter Celebration" and everyone knows they don't lie! ;) :D :D :D
  13. Chris J

    Chris J Inactive

    I'm gonna guess a menorah is about six times more likely to cause a fire. ;)
  14. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Yeah, it's not politically correct to say "Merry Christmas", but it's ok for every store to pipe Christmas music down my throat.
  15. Bassic83


    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    Ah, are catching on to the double-standards being foisted upon us by the "Political Correctness Police". :)
  16. I like the artificial trees much better. The're SO much easier to deal with. Don't have to water them. They don't drop needles all over. After Xmas is over, you don't have to drag this big heavy tree out to the garbage in one piece, dropping needles all over the place every step of the way. You can take the fake tree apart into manageable pieces and easily drag it out to the trash. No needle debris left over.

  17. Corwin

    Corwin Guest

    May 8, 2005
    Buffalo, NY
    Maybe the increased preference for "Holiday" or "Holidays" or "Winter Celebration" (though this thread is the first instance I've seen that particular phrase used) over "Christmas" is due to companies recognizing that there are people (and potential customers) who are not, in fact, Christians and thus do not celebrate Christmas but do celebrate other holidays around this time of year.

    It's not always about the "PC Police" throwing mouse turds in your Raisin Bran, kids. If you want to say "Christmas", I don't think anybody's going to stop you.
  18. you'll appreciate the fake tree a lot more come january, when you are taking the tree down, and you won't have to drag it through the house leaving pine needles all over, and stepping on them, and all that'll make the transition a lot easier
  19. mike_v_s

    mike_v_s Guest

    My wife returned with a new faux tree this evening (the last one began shedding like a real tree). She got the pre-lit one. I suggested this as threading the thousands of lights into the tree and un-threading them is a real source of anger and frustration for me.

    Well (suprise, suprise) the pre-lit, pre-wired, pre-interlocking/woven, pre-tangled, Satan-inspired Tree of Revelations has a strand out. From the factory. I'm close to beating it with a tire iron. This tree has me convinced that the Number of the Beast is part of an ancient mathmatical prophesy whose eventual product was the number of Christmas lights that will torment me throughout my lifetime. I'm sure if the Library at Alexandria hadn't burned, references to this unholy equation would be common knowledge. Excuse me, while I try to find a way to inflict the kind of Christmas pain I'm accustomed to on this new additon to my Hell.

  20. popinfresh


    Dec 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Aus
    Fake tree's are teh sux.