I am the black sheep of the family and I have lived with their backlash for years.
You see, I grew up with an artificial Christmas tree. As a little girl, I have fond memories of waiting for the box to come down from the attic. I’d arrange the branches by color and love every minute of it. Yes, to those real tree lovers, I know that sounds crazy, but I waited every year for that day.
My three older brothers?
Not so much. They’ve veered on the real tree route and that’s fine for them, but let me live my life without any guilt, right?
I know. I know.
The Fake vs. Real Dilemma has deeply rooted emotions.
I admit, it’s a bit ironic that every Thanksgiving weekend, our entire extended family heads to the mountains of NC to go on our traditional Christmas tree farm expedition.
We ride up the mountain. They ask me if this year is the year. I tell them “no.”
They look for their tree, cut it down, pay for it and our family takes family pictures. Yes, that tradition is 17 years running now, but that doesn’t mean that some year, I might surprise them all.
The bottom line is I know artificial tree and I thought I was fine with my old fake tree until I saw some of my friends Tree Classic trees.
I couldn’t review one fast enough. They claim “The World’s Finest Artificial Christmas since 1976,” and I believe them because I have owned a LOT of artificial trees.
These are AMAZING!!
I received the Sherwood Spruce with clear lights and it’s stunning. It has both the Real Feel needles, which gives it a full lush look, yet also looks more real than any tree I’ve had in the past, as well as the space saver feature.
I typically put one tree in our great room and for that space, I’ll need the regular width tree, so I think I’ll add another tree to my wish list for next year.
I love multiple trees, but I don’t like the amount of time it takes to set up. These go up so quickly because they are in just a few pieces, and not branch by branch like my others.
Typically, I let the girls decorate one tree however they choose with family and hand made ornaments and any color combination of lights that they desire, but then have another as my grown up, fancy tree.”
The real test was going to be that extended family of mine; the dear ones who are firm real tree believers. Since I always host Christmas Eve dinner, and I knew they’d see it, they couldn’t believe it was artificial. Yep, it passed the hardest test of all.
Amazingly real, aren’t they? This is a close up with no editing of both the tree branches and the garland branches for you to see, along with the highly regarded tradition of sleeping under the Christmas tree lights on the 23rd. (Complete with my daughters cozy mat.)
Where this table sits is normally where I put our big tree, but I decided to place the garland over the door instead and I just love the coziness it creates. We have multiple french doors, so next year, I’ll know to measure first and get garlands that are just a bit longer.
The garlands and wreaths also have that real feel and appearance.
I’ve purchased MANY, many artificial garlands in the past and this tops them all. Typically, I’d have to double and triple the inexpensive ones just to make them thick enough and then cover them in lots of ornaments and tinsel to make them acceptable. Not with these. Just alone, without any embellishments, they are gorgeous.
Many of you read about our Porch that Took 17 Years to Build story.
I shared an inspiration picture of how I want to decorate it for Christmas but that didn’t quite happen. It will take a LOT of garland and wreaths and BIGGER wreaths to create the look I desire, so bit by bit, I will add to it as the budget allows, starting with garland for our pillars and a bigger wreath for our middle window.
Do you see how cute that one looks? It’s gorgeous up close, but next year, I’ll need one twice as big that’s why now is the time to add to your wish list when items are slashed. I’ve been to many After Christmas sales in the past looking at artificial trees and their 1/2 off prices may be a tad lower, but won’t come close in quality.
If you are the market for a tree, wreaths or garland, the slightly smaller investment will be well worth it.
Now is the time to purchase because all their items which are up to 75% off with free shipping, but don’t delay. The sale ends now!
So, do I dare ask?
Fake vs. Real?
I was sent a tree to review, but was not paid for my endorsement. It was all mine to give and now I’m off to add a few things for next year,.