Thursday, December 16, 2010
Going Real or Fakin' It, The Christmas Tree Debate
There aren't too many things I insist upon at Christmas. As long as my little family unit is home Christmas morning to open gifts, I will happily go with the flow. Travel or stay home? Host or bring a dish? Traditional card or photo-op? Exchange or skip this year? Whatever you want is fine with me.
On one thing, however, I will not budge. A real Christmas Tree. Every year we bundle up and head five miles down the road to the Christmas Tree Farm, saw in hand, to stand in the middle of a snow-shrouded field and select that perfect addition to our home. I so believe in it, one year we had to stick an ice-encrusted tree in the shower before we could put it in the stand.
For those of you who don't know, all of us that opt for a real tree sort of look down our noses at fake. After all, what could be more traditional than walking into a pine-scented room, lights and ornaments dripping from the branches, wrapped gifts nestled under the tree in a glorious display of the season. Let's face it. You fakers have given up. There's no wheeling out a pile of pre-lighted plastic at our house. And don't even get me started on those white, spray-painted "trees". I could go on for days.
It makes me wonder. Do those of you who opt for fake, feel the same about us real tree aficionados? Do you roll your eyes and snicker behind a hand, thinking how ridiculous we will spend the entire season sucking up needles with our vacuums? Do you use the ever-popular "I'm allergic" argument? Just exactly how deep are the lines drawn?