Oh Christmas Tree… Oh Christmas Tree… Oh Christmas Tree…

How do I decide which one to put up in my house this holiday?
This is the first dilemma my husband and I are facing in our new marriage.

I grew up with live Christmas trees. I can remember my mom putting two up in our living room and one in our kitchen.

Actually, in my early childhood, my parents sold trees. I can remember the front of the house decorated in lights and a yard full of cut trees just waiting for their holiday homes.

Our Christmas adventures started in the summer when we went to tag the trees and the hard work began right after Thanksgiving. I can remember the cars lining up along our cement driveway and people scouring the trees lined up in the yard for the perfect one. It truly was a magical time of the year and for years my family looked forward to it.

Even though my parents decided to get out of the business, the Christmas season remained special because we would go out looking for that special tree. Every year, we went searching lots and growers for that special tree. And year after year, we would bring that tree home and decorate it. That wonderful smell would fill the house.

Granted, there are some downfalls to having a real tree. Of course, you have the pine needles. Even the long needled type eventually loses some.

Another task that needs remembering is the constant watering that goes into a real tree.

And you can’t forget about the inside pets transition to the tree. I can remember it not being as easy as some would think. I have distinct memories of our cat running up the tree and down came the ornaments, garland and even the angel on the top. However, there is just something about the nostalgia that comes with a live Christmas tree.

I got married this fall so it means that it’s our first Christmas as a married couple and I feel it needs to be special in its own way.

Kurt favors the artificial tree. He has some good points. We already have the artificial tree and trimmings, so from an economical point, it makes sense for us to go with it.

Another reason to stay with the artificial is that we have really tall ceilings in the house and the artificial tree Kurt already has is 12 feet tall which goes well with the high ceilings. He also makes the point that there is a lot less clean up when it comes to the artificial tree.

We don’t have a cat so we don’t have to worry about that. We do however, have an eight month old Australian Shepherd. This makes it her first Christmas, so we are anxious to see what she does with any type of tree in the house.

I’m leaning towards the live Christmas tree. It’s a special time of the year and the hassle (as some would call it) will be worth it.

But, I’m wondering what our readers would suggest?

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses with her husband, Kurt. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism.
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