It’s the best time of the year! Nothing says I’m ready for Christmas like putting up your Christmas tree. For the last 3 Christmas season Justin and I have tried 3 different types of Christmas trees in our home: real, flocked, and traditional.
real christmas tree
Our first year as first time homeowners we bought a real tree from a local farmers market. Honestly, if it was up to Justin we would have a real Christmas tree each year. Nothing beats the real thing in his eyes and for the most part I really can’t argue with that. I do think everyone should experience getting a real tree at least once in their lifetime.
We got our Christmas tree from a local farmers market and it was so much fun walking around trying to find the perfect tree for our home. Also, the smell of a real tree can not be imitated! Yes, they sell scents during the holiday season that comes close but having the real thing is truly magical.
However, there are a few not so great thing about having the real deal in your home that I was not anticipating. Real Christmas trees are high maintenance! Think of it as a veryyy large bouquet of flowers which you have to refill the water consistently. Also it sheds and those pine needles gets e v e r y w h e r e. Phoenix, our goldendoodle, favorite thing was to hide underneath the tree and when he came out so did the pine needles that he would then leave all over the house. It’s really the gift that keeps on giving.
Not to mention real Christmas trees are expensive. Our tree was around 9 ft tall and cost us a little under $300. Which is definitely something you would want to budget for if you plan on buying a new one every year.
Also, figuring out how to dispose of it can be challenging. We got pretty lucky. My friend had shared a Facebook page with me of a sweet gentleman in our area who offered to take the trees and turn them into walking canes for disabled and retired veterans.
When I think about fake Christmas trees and generally any Christmas decor I buy is that – it’s an investment. Yes, they can be really expensive but it’s something that you can reuse year after year. I rounded up my top 9 traditional and flocked Christmas trees below.
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The second year in our house we decided to go with a beautiful 9’ flocked Christmas tree from King of Christmas. For years, I have been wanting a flocked tree but I didn’t want to get one until we owned a house so when Justin said we could do a fake tree the second year I knew exactly what I wanted. First off a flocked tree is stunning if you want that wintery white feel. Good news you, don’t have to water it like a real tree but flocked trees do shed a little. Also with faux trees you do have to fluff them to make them look fuller.
Last year, we moved in with my parents for a few months and since they have 8’ ceilings we ended up getting a 6.5’ traditional faux tree. I surprisingly loved this tree much more than I thought I would. Dare I say, I’m team traditional now. I’m actually planning on putting this tree up again this year in our tiny house!
Are you team real or team faux tree? Either one you choose, you can’t go wrong. Wishing you a great magical holiday season!