This is one of those categories that should be easy, but it’s a bit complicated for us. We always had a REAL tree. Until we didn’t.
In 2003 hubby’s National Guard unit was put on alert in September and by Thanksgiving they were shipping out to IRAQ. They left sunny southern California and headed to Washington to be integrated into the Army, which for hubby was easy because he had already served in the Army and then joined the National Guard so it was like going home for him. I was lucky because in the end he was named the Rear Detachment Commander and sent home to man the Armory and remaining guys.
But, I digress. While he was gone I needed to put up the tree and just couldn’t talk myself into doing a real tree by myself so I purchased a really nice artificial one. I put it up and decorated it that year and the next while he was still deployed. The following year we went back to a real tree. The year after that we moved to the north woods and REALLY enjoyed live trees again for a couple years.
During that time the artificial tree stayed boxed up. When we were in Texas live trees were exorbitantly priced so we used the artificial tree again for several years. When we came back to Oregon we went back to live trees until last year – the year of the COVID pandemic and the local tree farm closed early leaving us live treeLESS so we pulled out the artificial tree again.
LOL this is my long winded way of asking you if you can tell the difference between the trees below? 😀 Live or artificial doesn’t matter to us – being decorated with all the sentimental ornaments is what makes either tree special.
A LIVE tree smells good, but honestly a nice artificial tree is easier and a whole lot less mess. We did buy a LIVE spray for inside and a couple wreaths for outside!