Up until a few years ago, I was a die hard real tree person. I liked the fresh smell and the tradition of the hunt. Although there were a few things that I didn't love - the mess of pine needles, watering it, the hassle of getting it home, etc. A few years ago I broke down and purchased a faux tree. Whoa - completely rocked my world. So easy to put up, no hassle and perfectly spaced lights. (I admit that if I had read this 10 years ago, I would have wrinkled my nose at the thought of a fake tree. So I don't blame you if you are too.)
Sadly that tree had some technical difficulties resulting in a bald patch of lights that I could never get working again. So this year it was time to upgrade to something a little swankier. Lucky for me, some trees now have LED lights so double bonus. After much hemming and hawing, this Balsam Hill Norway Spruce was singled out.
Two jumbo boxes sat in my hallway until the appointed time had come. I cranked up the Christmas music, brought in the muscle (thats Mr. Limestone in case you are wondering) and up it went.
The headless body in the white gloves is me. I'm 'fluffing' the tree. And yes, white gloves came with the tree (i don't have white gloves laying around). A little thing but it made getting it just so a lot easier.
I absolutely love the LED lights. They are warm and bright - they cast a nice glow over the whole room when the other lights are out. I don't know much about energy savings but considering how often I leave this tree on, its nice to know its not a huge energy suck. I wouldn't mind a tiny bit more fullness right at eye level but that is really only noticeable to me.
Now it was on to decorating it! Here is a little sneak peek of my DIY topper. More on that later this week.
So what side are you on? Do you think artificial trees are faux or a faux pas?