Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Real or Fake?

Okay, since yesterdays post was about doing a theme Christmas tree or doing a more traditional tree, I am really interested to know what kind of trees you guys get.

So do you get a real Christmas tree? 


Or an artificial tree?


In the past, my family has traditionally always had real trees. When I was younger we used to go as a family and actually cut one down, ya know, Griswold style! As we got older though, and my parents were no longer together, we started going toward the fake tree and I hated it. Especially since I was the one having to set it up every damn year! What a pain in the ass I tell ya!

The past two years Aran and I finally had a place together so we were excited to set up a tree. We decided to go with a fake one the first year because we already had it and didn't feel like carrying a real one up three flights of stairs to our apartment. And then this happened...

Yes, those are my cats and they are laying in my tree.  After that we decided that we either needed a stronger tree or a way to keep them out. 

Last year we didn't even set up a tree because we weren't going to be there and with everything going on with the wedding, we just didn't have the time or the money.

So that brings us to this year. We fought each other for weeks about whether to get a real tree, which is what I wanted, or to get a fake tree which is what Aran wanted. Guess who won that one?

That's right! Me! Muahaha! But now, I am freaking out a little because we were reading online that the needles from real trees are mildly toxic to cats and if they eat them it can make them really sick. They did say that most cats won't go near them, but my cats are not most cats.  They get into anything and everything and I can already see them trying to chew on this tree.  But then again, I read that the toxins in the artificial trees are just as bad for them. 

So, I am not quite sure what to do. Have any of you ever had to deal with this type of situation before? What did you do to keep your cats or your dogs out of the tree and from getting sick?



  1. Real tree or bust baby! Glad you won that fight! And I wouldn't worry too much about the cats. I have friends with cats and they have always had real trees.

  2. I love and prefer real trees, the smell of them can't be beat!! But I am now terrified that our hippo of a cat is going to try and climb the tree (and probably break all the branches.) Maybe this will be helpful:

  3. Fortunatly my cats never bothered with our tree. We always had real trees growing up too but then we bought a fake one and have had it for a few years. My husband and I might do a real tree next year.

  4. I'm definitely a real tree kind of gal!! I've never had a problem with the cat getting sick from eating needles (nor any of the cats we had growing up) so I wouldn't worry about it!


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