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!


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