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Do you buy a fake or real Christmas tree?

  • 02-09-2017 4:31pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 1 Greatirishelk


    Did you buy a fake or real Christmas tree? In particular if you live in the Ballincollig/Cork area. If you bought a real one did you chip it?


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  • Administrators Posts: 33,521 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭ dudara


    Moved to the Christmas forum

    dudara


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,517 ✭✭✭ bee06


    Real one and my dad took it away. Dunno what he did with it. Chopped it up for firewood maybe.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,737 Glitzgirl


    Not in Cork sorry but fake all the way! Still have my first christams tree from when Mr glitz and i first met over 11 years ago and it's still perfect ! Don't like the mess from the real ones.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,792 Postgrad10


    Fake all the way . Far too many allergies in the family so play it safe


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,490 ✭✭✭ appledrop


    Had a fake up growing up + first thing I did when got own house was buy a real one but in the end it was a nightmare! It's a real tree so wasn't symmetrical like the fake one so leaned a bit. Then even though meant to be non shed it still loses needles. The bauble are impossible to get on as branches so thick + then as tree dries out they all fall off. Next year we got a huge really brilliant fake one + have never looked back.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 545 xDisneyDivax


    I love the smell of real tree but fake tree all the way! My magical argument is that it collects memories every year! ;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,737 Glitzgirl


    Can any one remember how much the homestore and more fake christmas trees were last year?


  • Registered Users Posts: 545 xDisneyDivax


    Was between €170-220 I think. Hope to get one for daddy as the 10ft one he got last year was too big for his liking!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,737 Glitzgirl


    Was between €170-220 I think. Hope to get one for daddy as the 10ft one he got last year was too big for his liking!

    Every year I say I'm getting one .... and every year I miss it. Not this year baby ! I'm getting one the min they hit the shops hahah omg I'd love a 10ft tree :p


  • Registered Users Posts: 545 xDisneyDivax


    Loads of people raved about it! Would be tempted to get one myself but ours is nice although daddy said I can take his 10ft tree just gotta convince hubby!!Haha!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 26,215 ✭✭✭✭ freshpopcorn


    I love the smell of real tree but fake tree all the way! My magical argument is that it collects memories every year! ;)

    Shops stock similar to these. There meant to give off the smell of a real tree.

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  • Administrators, Business & Finance Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 16,766 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭ Toots


    Shops stock similar to these. There meant to give off the smell of a real tree.

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    Oh my god I want these! We have a fake tree for our apartment because it's too awkward to get a real tree out after Christmas without the needles destroying the corridors and communal areas. My parents always get a massive real one though, and the whole family helps decorate it. If I ever have a house I'll have a real tree.


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,215 ✭✭✭✭ freshpopcorn


    Toots wrote: »
    Oh my god I want these! We have a fake tree for our apartment because it's too awkward to get a real tree out after Christmas without the needles destroying the corridors and communal areas. My parents always get a massive real one though, and the whole family helps decorate it. If I ever have a house I'll have a real tree.

    They are on Amazon but I saw them in a good few shops last year in the Christmas section.(Homestore and more, Woodies(I think), etc) They were generally in a stand on there own with a few other scented stick.


  • Registered Users Posts: 545 xDisneyDivax


    Oohhh I saw them last year but didn't get it! Would love to know if anyone tried it


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,737 Glitzgirl


    Loads of people raved about it! Would be tempted to get one myself but ours is nice although daddy said I can take his 10ft tree just gotta convince hubby!!Haha!

    take it !! If your hubby is anything like mine then just put it up. He may complain but he won't take it down :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 545 xDisneyDivax


    Glitzgirl wrote: »
    Take it !! If your hubby is anything like mine then just put it up. He may complain but he won't take it down :)

    Think I will!! The problem is he always help me fix the branches and put on lights because he got that level of perfection that I don't have and I'm never satisfied unless he do it ha!


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,693 ✭✭✭ DvB


    We have 2 fake ones, an 8ft (our main one) and a 6ft skinny style one for the hall which we put beside the hall door to it can be seen from outside. The main one goes to the back of the house so wouldnt be seen from the front, hence having the second one.
    As much as I love the small of a real tree IMO they always look a tad disappointing & the cleaniong up/disposal is a chore I can do without TBH.
    At this stage getting the tree & decorations out of the attic & putting them all up & then away in January is a tradition in itself & we wont be changing anytime soon.
    "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year" - Charles Dickens




  • Registered Users Posts: 2,104 ✭✭✭ Fian


    I have yet to see a real tree that looks as good as my fake one, which i have had for years. I spent lots on it, but I have had it 15 years and at this stage it has worked out cheaper than buying a real one each year. It brushes the ceiling, is think ad even and you would need to touch it to know it is artificial - it looks very realistic. Easy choice imo.

    I also have an artificial lawn out the back. Again the only way to tell it is not real is that it looks a little too perfect, and by touch. I have often had complements on how well i keep the lawn from visitors. It often puzzles me why people in countries with little rain (like spain) don't have artificial lawns more frequently.


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 21,334 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Loughc


    Fian wrote: »
    I have yet to see a real tree that looks as good as my fake one, which i have had for years. I spent lots on it, but I have had it 15 years and at this stage it has worked out cheaper than buying a real one each year. It brushes the ceiling, is think ad even and you would need to touch it to know it is artificial - it looks very realistic. Easy choice imo.

    Where did you buy your tree?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,104 ✭✭✭ Fian


    Loughc wrote: »
    Where did you buy your tree?

    Sorry - like I said it was 15 years ago, I can't remember. May even have been woodies or maybe I am thinking that only because we have definitely bought lights in woodies. lots of places sell good ones though I guess.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,737 Glitzgirl


    Fian wrote: »

    I also have an artificial lawn out the back. Again the only way to tell it is not real is that it looks a little too perfect, and by touch. I have often had complements on how well i keep the lawn from visitors. It often puzzles me why people in countries with little rain (like spain) don't have artificial lawns more frequently.

    I would LOVE an artifical lawn hahah imo if the set of desperate housewives looked amazing with fake flowers then dam it I can have a nice garden too ... flowers and shrubbery lit shake with fear when they see me coming :pac: fake all the way imo :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,485 ✭✭✭ Jude13


    We had an artificial lawn in the house we moved into however in the summer it would scald your feet so we got a real lawn Doesn't look as good but when the pals little elves visit they can walk on it and play bare foot. Ditto for the mutt.

    We got an amazing fake tree in crate and barrel. Its on the pic thread, so realistic.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,104 ✭✭✭ Fian


    Jude13 wrote: »
    We had an artificial lawn in the house we moved into however in the summer it would scald your feet so we got a real lawn Doesn't look as good but when the pals little elves visit they can walk on it and play bare foot. Ditto for the mutt.

    We got an amazing fake tree in crate and barrel. Its on the pic thread, so realistic.

    For me the major benefit of an artificial lawn (ignoring the fact i could give away the lawnmower) is the absence of mud. We tiled most of the downstairs of the house at the time we put in the new lawn (we did an extension and did up the whole house at once). White porcelain tiles. We have 2 dogs, 4 kids and we had a muddy back garden. now even when it is wet outside we get wet paw prints in the house, but not really muddy ones. Ours does not get hot enough to burn / hurt feet, nothing like a beach on a sunny day, but it is pleasantly warm and dry to lie out on. I am delighted with it. We have it about 10 years now and still looks great, though someone spilled some white paint on one patch which does not grow out as it would with a real lawn.


  • Registered Users Posts: 40 Funthalia_Love


    A few years ago I bought a Brunswick Artificial Christmas Tree from irishchristmastrees.com

    In real life it is massive and bushy and dense and I really like it.

    It's far too big for my current sitting room but I don't build up the back and bottom fronds to make it fit in the corner.

    This is the link.....

    http://www.irishchristmastrees.com/mall/productpage.cfm/IrishChristmasTrees/Brunswick_Spruce_Tree_with_Stand%20/54540


    I will post a picture if I can dig one up!

    IMO, it was well worth the investment. We modified the base to make it sturdier as I don't have the room to attach all of the branches.


  • Hosted Moderators Posts: 22,600 ✭✭✭✭ beertons


    Fake all the way. Whilst I like real tree's, they're dead in no time with the heat from the fire drying it out. Herself said she'd water it every day, but she killed an artificial plant before, I have no faith in her promises. Christmas incense and candles make up for the missing smell.

    Gave my mother 20 quid for it 10 years ago, think she had it for 20 years.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,963 ✭✭✭ Call me Al


    I invested in a good-quality artificial tree 3 years ago, after years and years of hit and miss real Christmas trees and days wasted trying to find one that didn't cost a fortune.
    It was well worth the price. It's symmetrical, easy to put together complete with stand, and still looks like a Christmas tree come January 5th/6th.
    And best of all no shedding of pine needles.


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 26,589 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Posy


    The lack of symmetry would bug me with a real tree!

    I have a lively dog, so when I hang decorations on a branch, I kind of curl the end of the branch around the string of the decoration (if that makes sense) so she can't pull them off the tree!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,805 ✭✭✭ matchthis


    It'll be 11 odd years ago I got mine in Atlantic homecare. Think it's 7ft and have never seen another one like it. The years has taken its toll and thought I would have gotten a good one after Christmas on sale, but couldn't find one as good or better. That Brunswick one looks like a good contender, maybe one more year though....


  • Administrators, Business & Finance Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 16,766 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭ Toots


    A few years ago I bought a Brunswick Artificial Christmas Tree from irishchristmastrees.com

    In real life it is massive and bushy and dense and I really like it.

    It's far too big for my current sitting room but I don't build up the back and bottom fronds to make it fit in the corner.

    This is the link.....

    http://www.irishchristmastrees.com/mall/productpage.cfm/IrishChristmasTrees/Brunswick_Spruce_Tree_with_Stand%20/54540


    I will post a picture if I can dig one up!

    IMO, it was well worth the investment. We modified the base to make it sturdier as I don't have the room to attach all of the branches.

    We got our artificial one from there, and it looks the business. it was expensive, but we actually bought it in January so got it half price. It was absolutely worth the money, and it's very hardy and durable - we'd had problems with fake trees in the past where they lost stability after being assembled/disassembled a couple of times. My parents always get their real tree from their bricks and mortar shop in Milltown.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 40 Funthalia_Love


    This is a fairly fuzzy picture of my tree but it gives you an idea. I would say that I have 3/4 of the height of it built - there is no fronds at the back and the very bottom row of branches are not fitted. Also, the top is bent down.

    It's quite massive. Hopefully this year I can share current pictures. I am going for a pinkier theme this year and have already had a TK Maxx blitz!!!

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