A funny thing begins to happen around town the first weekend after Thanksgiving.
Suddenly, tightly wrapped trees are being strapped to the roofs of family cars with bungee cords and driven home. Soon, these will be set up in the living room, wrapped in lights (once untangled of course), and decked with colored balls, pre-school-era ornaments, tinsel, or just about anything else these days.
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But not every family goes through the motions of picking up their tree at a nearby lot, or heading out to the farm to cut one down. Instead, they simply head up to the attic to dust off the same one they used last year.
To go real, or fake: that's the question.
Personally, I love a real tree. Most of all, I love the symbolism of it. There is something about bringing the real greenery from outside in, welcoming the new season, these are the things I celebrate.
But, I find myself cringing at the idea of shleping a tree in from the outside this year. And with lots of really nice fake trees on sale for less than $100, I find myself wondering if my Yule tree can be fake as long as I bring in some real greenery.
Christmas Tree Trivia
The Germans are most often credited with starting the modern Christmas tree tradition in the 1600s. According to the History Channel, they didn't take off in America though, until the late 1800s, with the first trees sold commercially in 1850. And all of that history does not take into consideration the traditions from ancient religions that decorated trees for holidays such as Saturnalia.
Aluminum Christmas trees were the first artificial ones sold in a color other than green. They were originally crafted by a Chicago-based company called Modern Coatings. Aluminum trees were most popular in the 60s, and some credit the Charlie Brown Christmas Special that first aired in 1965 with killing the aluminum tree.
About six species of trees account for about 90 percent of Christmas tree market: Scotch pine, Douglas fir, noble fir, white pine, balsam fir and white spruce.
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