We officially went faux last year when we knew we would be away for Christmas but wanted to have a tree to decorate with the ornaments that S brings me back from his travels around the world. But we only had a small temporary tree since we couldn't stomach the price of a grand real-looking faux tree.
On the day after Christmas hours before he had to leave for a three week trip overseas, S went on a hunt in search of the perfect deeply discounted faux tree. He ended up finding a $800+ tree for $125, which just happened to be the exact amount of cash his grandparents gave us as a Christmas gift. He paid for the tree, I wrote the "thank you for the Christmas tree" note to his grandparents and we stuck the tree in its box in the shed.
Last week S pulled the tree out of the shed (the Christmas card from his grandparents still in the box) and we set to work stringing 11 rolls of 200 warm white LED lights on its branches. Since stringing lights on a faux tree is a once-in-its-lifetime task, we wanted to make sure we did it right the first time. And by do it right the first time, I mean it took us nearly two full days to wrap every single branch of the tree. Twice.
We had to move a little bit of furniture to fit the huge tree in our living room, but surprisingly it actually works well. And the best part is that it doesn't look fake - I'm really glad we waited until the after Christmas sales and that S braved the crowds and traffic to find this tree. We love it, even without ornaments yet!
While we love, love, love the tradition (and smell!) of a real tree, after the smaller investment in the faux tree and the much bigger investment in lights, we're considering ourselves officially faux converts; at least for the next several years when we're likely to be living in the city. Storage issues aside, I think it's a pretty good decision. So how about you, are you joining the faux side this year?