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Thread: Which tree do you go for?

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    Which tree do you go for?

    I had a tree with all clear lights and I gave it to my daughter. I would rather put my own lights on so I can change my style if I want. I have some candle lights and Bubble lights and other kinds of lights that I want to use. I just ordered a plain tree to put my own lights on. What do all of you do? I also like a live tree but they dry out to soon here in Arizona.
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    I put up four trees every year. I even have my own tree in my sewing room. It's all purple!
    All the trees are pre lit ones. I hate hassling with strings of lights. The big one in the living room has multi colored lights.

    Even Bigfoot gets into the spirit of the holidays!

    He is the holiday Security officer. .............

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    Ours is a prelit tree and tomorrow I'll know if they are all white or not. DH likes multicolored lights and I prefer white, so not sure what we ended up buying!
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    I have an antique tin foil tree with the 4 colored rotating light wheel. I love the changing colors and would leave it up all year long if not for DH and DS making so much fun of me. LOL
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    Oh gosh i remember candle lights. liquid inside that had bubbles moving too I think. when i was 12 we moved and left them at the old house. I've never seen any since. But i haven't had a tree up for years and years myself.

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    We use an artificial tree. Sometimes white lights, other times colors.

    When I was a kid, we had those bubble lights. Never again! They got so hot, they began melting, and the real tree was smoldering. Good thing we were home.
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    My husband is Jewish, so I have a white tree with aqua, some silver and some white ornaments. very soft, soothing and beachy . I love it. I have white lights on it. It looks so pretty. The theme , if any, is snowmen, and the treeskirt is all smiling snowmen in bright colors of dress.
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    Thanks everyone. My tree won't get here until the 9th so after I decorate I will show a picture if it is pretty.
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    We have a fake tree (because my husband saw a demo how fast trees ignite) and he puts the lights on it. We have always had the bulbs - he doesn't like the little twinkle lights. This year we found the larger bulbs that at LED. We found them in August and he was so happy he was finally able to put them up. (They are like the old ones you would use outside, like we had as kids.) The LED lights do not get warm - so that is fantastic. It's a full tree and the decorations are just ones we have collected over the 41 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BETTY62 View Post
    I have an antique tin foil tree with the 4 colored rotating light wheel. I love the changing colors and would leave it up all year long if not for DH and DS making so much fun of me. LOL
    Oh my....shades of my childhood! We kids used to sit quietly on the floor and watch the light go round, and round and round.....then we'd "argue" about which color we liked best!! Missing that right about now!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anniedeb View Post
    Oh my....shades of my childhood! We kids used to sit quietly on the floor and watch the light go round, and round and round.....then we'd "argue" about which color we liked best!! Missing that right about now!!
    Oh my gosh! Me too! It was so magical!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BETTY62 View Post
    I have an antique tin foil tree with the 4 colored rotating light wheel. I love the changing colors and would leave it up all year long if not for DH and DS making so much fun of me. LOL
    We had one of those trees when I was still living at home. It was 7 ft tall and silver. Dad liked red glass ornaments on it.

    We can't have a real tree in the house due to my allergies.
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    We have a very large growing tree in a huge plastic pot (sounds a bit awful but I made a simple tree skirt to cover it totally, so you don't 'see' the pot). My husband is Sicilian and Catholic....we have angels, lights, tinsel, nativity, flashing lights and all manner of colours....you name it it goes on the tree, stuck on the balustrade, windowsills, hung from the ceiling fans....every surface of the family room is covered in Christmas 'stuff', it's not glamorous, stylish or organised....but even 'bah humbug' yours truly wouldn't have it any other way.

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    We gave up on having Christmas trees. Didn't mind so much the cats climbing them, but got tired of cleaning up after them after they chewed on them. Didn't matter if it was real or artificial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anniedeb View Post
    Oh my....shades of my childhood! We kids used to sit quietly on the floor and watch the light go round, and round and round.....then we'd "argue" about which color we liked best!! Missing that right about now!!
    me too... the kids had their own metal tree upstairs while the fancy adult tree was in the living room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandy l View Post
    We gave up on having Christmas trees. Didn't mind so much the cats climbing them, but got tired of cleaning up after them after they chewed on them. Didn't matter if it was real or artificial.
    Our cats don't climb the tree, but as it's growing in a pot the soil is a tempting 'toilet' - I pile pine cones around the top of the pot and it keeps them off it....it just adds to the 'festive air'

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    This year I cut a small tree that our son had planted in the early 90's. The trees are dying because they are not disease resistant, so this year it is a memory tree in his honor. Totally forgot how messy a real tree is, back to my artificial one next year. Real tree will not hold my ornaments like the artificial one, only put special memory decorations on for DH and son. I also do the LED lights, always color ones and had to put my bubblers in a piece of wood to display them this year.

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    We always get a real tree, we get a small one (4-foot ish) and put it up on a table so the dogs & cats don't destroy it. We don't have a theme at all; our ornaments are a random mishmash of stuff. We each have ornaments from our childhood that our mothers passed on to us, ornaments we made ourselves when we were young & poor and having our first Christmas on our own, ornaments painted by my niece & nephew; plus crazy random things we've bought over the years or have had given to us - some of it is very silly, some of it is classy, some of it is just weird but each one has memories. We use colored lights and we have some wreaths made of wooden beads that are painted red & white.

    It's random and chaotic but I love it. Each ornament has meaning to us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewingsuz View Post
    I had a tree with all clear lights and I gave it to my daughter. I would rather put my own lights on so I can change my style if I want. I have some candle lights and Bubble lights and other kinds of lights that I want to use. I just ordered a plain tree to put my own lights on. What do all of you do? I also like a live tree but they dry out to soon here in Arizona.

    Now that they have out the safer bubble lights and candle lights, I like those because they are what we had on our trees when I was little. I recall many burnt fingers from those old lights.
    BTW, live trees dry out too fast here in Texas also. That's why we use artificial trees.

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    I had real trees until DH went and bought me a white tree a couple years ago, because I said I had always wanted one. The one he bought has multicolored lights built in, so no more light strings for me! Except for the lights, this year I want the entire Christmas to be red, white, & blue, in honor of my best friend's DH, who retired from the Army last year, and will be here this Christmas for the first time in many years.
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    We have a 3' fiber optic tree and put it up on pool table, sometimes with train. DH fell Fri and broke several of his ribs and at 82 not sure how fast they will heal, so maybe train, maybe not. Keeps most of the dogs our of tree.

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    We always use blue lights on an artificial tree. I've loved blue lights since childhood. When we go to outdoor lit tree displays, the blue ones are my favorites. The light they cast is so faint that the wiring just disappears and it looks like the lights are floating.

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    i made a fabric tree no lights just made my ornaments out of scrap fabrics. buttons, jute string for the icicles
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    Quote Originally Posted by hamchips88 View Post
    i made a fabric tree no lights just made my ornaments out of scrap fabrics. buttons, jute string for the icicles

    I would love to see a picture of your tree!
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    I have a pre-lit multi-color lights tree. I do prefer to put my own lights on, but the one I have with the lights was a good buy at the time. I do prefer twinkling lights.
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