12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge – Real or Fake Tree?

I came across this wonderful 12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge over at Abbey’s blog threecatsandagirl.  It was originally introduced by abbeycoseattle when she presented it earlier this month. As soon as I saw this, I knew that it would be so much fun. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for to share some Christmas cheer on my blog. I’d like to say thanks to both of these wonderful ladies!



  • Link back to Abbey’s original post here so that way she can see who all is joining and she can follow along.
  • Link back to any one of my posts in the challenge so that way I can follow along too
  • Save the image and join in for the fun!

12 Days of Christmas

I’m starting a little late so I may not follow these days above in the exact order. Today I’ll start with:

2. Christmas Tree – Real or Fake?

I love this question because it’s been a little bit of a dilemma in recent years for my family. Growing up, my grandmother always bought a real tree and an artificial tree wasn’t introduced until I was nearly in high school. So now that I’m an adult, I’d like to get a real tree so that my kids can experience the fresh Christmas scent and tradition. The issue is that we burn wood in our home for heat and my husband informed me that it just wouldn’t be possible because the tree would be in the same room as the wood burning stove and would dry up in no time.

Now, being my normal stubborn self, this year I really wanted to give it a go. I put up our artificial tree which you can see below, but I bought a real wreath from Costco to hang in the entryway to my home just to see how it would do.


I’ve been spraying it daily to keep it moist and it’s already starting to turn brown in many spots just after two weeks. It doesn’t look bad in this top photo, but if you look closer…


You can see how it’s turning brown and crispy and this isn’t even close to the stove! So, I guess he was right. He explained again that the issue would be a half brown-half green Christmas tree which would be no fun because I like to leave our decorations up from Thanksgiving day until January 14th, Orthodox New Year.

So, for now, we will stick with our artificial tree which I still love so much!


Do you have a real or a fake tree? Feel free to comment below or jump on board to participate in this amazing 12 Days of Christmas Challenge. Spread Christmas cheer!



36 thoughts on “12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge – Real or Fake Tree?

  1. Your “fake” tree is beautiful and I’m sure you’ve already instituted Christmas traditions that your children will remember more than whether the tree was real or artificial. Might I suggest a pine-scented candle? 😉 🎄

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    1. Thank you! I hear people complain about the mess a lot. I’m actually quite surprised at how many ‘needles’ come off my artificial tree! Lol. I wish there were a way to make real trees last longer in the house. My brother does a real tree every year, but he is just now putting his up. I have read that different types of trees are better kept. It’s interesting. Thank you for sharing. 😀


  2. N. N. Light

    What a great blog hop! As for the big debate, MR N and I have a fake tree. Although, everyone who comes over says that it looks real. We bought it online from Amazon. A sneaky tip to make your tree smell real: Febreeze Pine plug-ins. It smells like the real thing. 😉

    Beautiful tree, Jenn! 🙂

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    1. I’d love to see your tree! We have had some people ask if ours was real too, but not many. 😀 I’ll check out the Febreeze Pine plug-in! We’ve been using essential oils and it’s making it fairly cozy. 🙂 Thank you so much!! ❤

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  3. Nel

    I dont have a tree up this year but if I did it would be real cause the sustainable person in me would want something that’s biodegradable. I just read an article about how many fake trees end up in landfills so I decided we should have a real one but knowing my husband, he’ll probably be like yours and insist on a fake one 😂

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    1. I hear you on the biodegradable tree. We ended up gifting one of our old artificial trees to a family in need and they were so glad to have it. It actually wasn’t old, we just needed a skinnier tree, but I couldn’t throw the old one away and we were so happy to find someone to take it. My husband is a fireman and he also feels that a real tree would be a fire hazard in our house. I guess our artificial tree is non-flammable?

      I do hope you get to put up a tree this year! ❤ I'll be messaging you later on today. I'm finally getting around to email this morning. LOL. 😀 Have a great day, Nel!!


      1. Nel

        Hahaha thanks! I’ll have stuff to respond to you with by then. Omw to my appointment now. I like that you gifted your old tree to someone in need. That’s such a good idea and something I’d do too! It’s hard to throw away things when you know someone out there could use it.

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    2. N. N. Light

      Nel, there are fake trees out there that are made from recycled plastic. Ours is made from recycled water bottles. We’ve had ours for five years and it’s as good as it was the day we bought it. Of course, we paid more than your average price but it was worth it.

      Check with your town’s policy on real tree disposal. Our town just throws the real trees away. Some companies will come pick up your real tree and use it to make wood chips.

      There’s so much conflicting views on this and other topics these days. Be careful and do your research. 🙂

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      1. Nel

        That’s awesome! Yes, I would definitely research a tree that’s recyclable. My town are HUGE recyclers of plastics, paper, etc but also nature waste in fact we have 3 trash cans. One for recycling nature waste, one for regular recycling and one for trash.

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        1. N. N. Light

          That’s excellent about your town. We were so disappointed about our town’s lack for forethought on Christmas trees. They’re really good about green waste, recycling and trash. We keep pressuring them to recycle trees.

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    1. Thank you! 🤣 Oh my gosh. Lol. That doesn’t sound good. ❤🎄 I think a fake tree in all honesty, must be easier. The only bad thing is storing it, but it’s so worth it. Thanks for sharing your story. 😊


  4. We never had a real tree growing up so artificial is totally normal for me. I’m not particularly fond of Christmas do my tree is about 2ft in height, is not traditional in any way and I don’t put it up until a day or two before Christmas. The only reason I even put a tree up is because my Niece was appalled the one year I didn’t and gave me a very long lecture, so I now make a small effort to keep her happy! 😂

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  5. I’m so happy that you joined in on the Christmas spirit!:) I thought Abbey came up with the perfect prompts and questions for this
    That’s sad you aren’t able to get a real tree! 😦 Good thinking though to test it with a wreath first! 😉 The tree and the wreath look very festive!

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  6. Noriko

    Looks gorgeous!! As far as I know, we don’t normally go for real trees, we buy artificial christmas trees that come with ornaments and LED lights. I don’t even know what a real tree smells like!!

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    1. Thank you, Noriko! They have some beautiful pre-lit trees for sure. 😊🎄The pine scent of a real tree is divine! I remember ours not smelling throughout the whole season. Essential oils are doing the trick for us this year. ❤

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  7. Growing up my parents always had an artificial tree so that’s all I know. I think they had it for 20+ years until they moved to a different state. I would like to have a real tree one day, but my apartment is just too small.

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  8. David R. Dowdy

    I really don’t understand the fuss that pitches the real tree folks against the artificial tree folks. However one celebrates, I hope the type of tree doesn’t stop them from feeling the spirit of the season. Anyway, your tree is lovely. Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noel!

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