Welcome to the Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop.

Considering it’s already the thirteen of December (and a Friday the thirteenth at that) I figure most of you who celebrate the season already have your decorating done. Or maybe you’re like me and you sort of never stop adding decorations.

Our first Christmas together, Gizmo Guy and I went out to one of the neighboring Christmas tree farms (yes, there really are farms for Christmas, and I lived in the heart of the area) and cut down our own tree. It became a tradition, bringing the kids along, letting them choose “the best tree”. We generally got pine trees that were far far wider than any artificial tree. And their needles were far sharper when you stepped on them too. And those needles invariably got all over the house, even if the tree had never been anywhere but the living room.Christmas 1989

I loved the tradition of going out and cutting down the tree. Until we got a dog about 15 years ago. Storm loved the Christmas tree, especially sleeping under the tree. Then she’d wake up, and forgetting the tree was above her, she would stand up and tip the thing over, sending ornaments crashing and water splashing out of the base and over my carpet, and any presents that Storm hadn’t pushed out of the way. So the second year we had her, we bit the bullet and bought a fake tree that didn’t require water.

The one good thing about it was it meant we could put the tree up much earlier than we did with a real one. And now that I compare the pictures, the artificial one is nice too.


(If anyone has read some of my posts about Christmas traditions and remembers our Scavenger Hunt game — that big huge green present on the right hand side? There’s nothing in it–other than a clue to my son that will lead him to yet another clue and so on and so forth until he finally finds the real present.)

So what do you prefer? Real tree? Artificial tree? Green? White? Palm tree? Or no tree at all? Leave a comment, and check it off on the Rafflecopter widget that you’ve commented, and get extra chances to win by tweeting about the blog hop, or liking my page or my Fan Lounge page on FB. Good luck! And Merry Christmas!

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  • December 13, 2013 at 6:18 am

    I prefer a real tree but we’ve had a fake tree for the past few years because some in our family have allergies to the real ones.
    Happy Holidays!

  • December 13, 2013 at 8:51 am

    My boys and I started a tradition of going and getting a real Christmas tree a few years ago. We would have so much fun picking it out and taking it home, dragging it in the house by ourselves. It was a lot of fun. Now, we have Christmas at my parents house. They have a fake green tree and since we are going to be there from Christmas eve til at least the day after Christmas we don’t get a tree for our house. Now that we have Chewie that’s probably a very good thing, I don’t think the tree would live through him, whether it was a real tree or not LOL!

  • December 13, 2013 at 10:11 am

    We have an artificial tree its easier every year and its fun for the whole family to put every year I think we have 2 big trees and 4 small ones all around the house. Its makes the house very Christmassy its great 🙂
    Merry Christmas and thanks for the giveaway!


  • December 13, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Fake!! No having to worry about watering it and no needles to clean up!!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway and Merry Christmas!

  • December 13, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I love a real tree, but I’m allergic. We had a real tree 5 years ago and I was stuffed up with a headache for an entire month. We tried again the next year and the same thing. The next few years we went with fake and no stuffiness or headaches.


  • December 13, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Artificial pre-lit tree 🙂

  • December 13, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I prefer an artificial tree. No needles to deal with and no watering.
    Happy Holidays!

  • December 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I wish I wasn’t allergic or I would have a real tree. Alas, I just have an artificial tree. One benefit is not having to untangle lights to put on there since it comes pre-lit 🙂

  • December 13, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Love artificial trees! No worry!

  • December 13, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I am torn…I perfer the real tree for the smell of the pine needles. Nothing is better than coming home to a real Christmas tree! But on the other hand I have pets so an artificial tree would be more practical. +less of a mess.

    the final verdict: artificial!

  • December 13, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    REAL- my kids love going to pick out the tree. If it were up to me I would have artificial but picking their Christmas out from the farm is one of their favorite Christmas memories!

  • December 14, 2013 at 4:55 am

    I live in Australia…the real trees here are kind of straggly looking so most folks have an artificial tree. We get some real pretty ones here

  • December 14, 2013 at 5:55 am

    It has to be a real tree. It doesn’t go up till the 21st / 22nd though, my Mums birthday is the 19th.

  • December 14, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I love a real tree but I haven’t had one in years. I’m envious of those who have them.

  • December 14, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    When i was a child, we always went up to the mountain to cut down our tree. It was an annual tradition; our tree was sometimes pretty, sometimes hideous, but it was ours and we loved it. Now, I have an artificial tree. I live in the high desert now. There are no real trees around and the thought of buying from a tree dealer doesn’t appeal to me. michelle_willms(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • December 15, 2013 at 1:18 am

    I love the smell of a real Christmas tree, but we always have an artificial tree nowadays. It is easier for clean up, its cheaper, and we usually get some evergreen cuttings or a wreath for that Christmas smell we used to get from a tree.

  • December 15, 2013 at 5:26 am

    Artificial. There are a lot of allergic people in my family so they can only be around an artificial one.

  • December 15, 2013 at 6:47 am

    I do love the smell of a real tree, but not the mess & the clean up & the getting rid of it. We have a fake tree that is so covered in decorations you would never know.

  • December 15, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    We do an artificial tree. It’s white with color lights and bright color ornaments. We decided to go away from the tradition green tree a few years back. I smile every time I look at it.

  • December 15, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    OMG – pre-lit artificial tree without question – much easier and the focus is all on the decorating and being together (and you don’t have to vacuum up pine needles for weeks!).

  • December 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I love real trees, but now that the kids are grown and out on their own I usually do an artificial tree.

    Happy Holidays and thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  • December 15, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I would prefer a fake tree because there is less mess but I am very allergic to them so I have to have a real one! Thanks and have a Merry Christmas

  • December 15, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I prefer artificial trees. They are no mess, easy to put up and take down, and always perfect lol Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Holidays!

  • December 15, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Oh, real all the way!!!!!

  • December 16, 2013 at 2:19 am

    I have always had a real tree. The smell can’t be beat. But then one year after Christmas my oldest son bought an artificial tree that was absolutely gorgeous.No one suspects it’s a fake. 🙂 So now I have the artificial tree we put up. But I do miss the real one.
    Thanks for the giveaway. Love your pictures.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  • December 16, 2013 at 9:05 am

    I always have a live tree and put several colorful ornaments on it with lights and tinsel.

  • December 16, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I’ve only ever had an artificial tree. Real tree just seem like a lot of hassle and I don’t care for the scent of pine. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • December 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Artificial trees don’t die. And they shed less. Which means we’ve been guilty of leaving the tree up until Valentine’s Day . . . or, um, St. Patrick’s Day . . . shhhhhh, don’t tell.

  • December 17, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I prefer artificial trees. They don’t shed and are easy to put up, and if they fall there’s no mess to clean up. And I can use the same tree for many years, so that saves money. Also, it makes me sad to watch a real live tree die in my home.

  • December 17, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Artificial tree.

  • December 18, 2013 at 12:42 am

    I grew up going to the tree farms. So, Thank you for the memories. I love real trees. It is the smell, OMG! you can never beat it.

  • December 18, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I usually have an artificial one that I decorate with homemade ornaments of different color schemes that I made with my daughter every year. Thanks for sharing the hop an the giveaway. Wishing everyone a wonderful and magical holiday season. evamillien at gmail dot com

  • December 18, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I prefer real because of the great smell in the house.

  • December 19, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    We liked to switch every year until we moved into a two story house that had a high ceiling. We bought a 10ft. artificial one and decorated it with a different color or white theme every year after that.

  • December 19, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I prefer a real tree.

  • December 19, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    real tree

  • December 19, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy Holidays!

  • December 19, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    We’ve only ever had artificial so I know nothing else

  • December 20, 2013 at 9:40 am

    We don’t put up a tree, but when we did, we put up an artificial tree. I’d never been around a real tree until a few years ago…it just seems so messy! And very needy lol.

  • December 20, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I am in charge of the Christmas trees around my house and I put up two artificial ones. A traditional green in our family room and a white one for my kitchen. My favorite is the white one. 🙂 Happy Holidays!

  • December 20, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Artificial tree. But a green one that looks like a real tree.

  • December 20, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I love real trees, but we have a beautiful artificial with the lights already on it that my Mother in law gave us the first year we were married (2002) and it still works great! Happy Holidays!

  • December 20, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Ahh!! I just told a whole story and the server didn’t take it! Oh, well.
    Here it goes again. Lol.
    We now have an artificial tree, but growing up, I always had a real one. I love the smell of pine and picking out/cutting down the tree. When I moved to Florida from Pennsylvania, the experience changed. I still had a real tree, but got it from the hardware store instead. When my husband and I moved in together, he told me after a few years of having a real tree that he didn’t like the smell of pine and cleaning up the tree. He had grown up with artificial ones. I compromised and said that that would be the last year to have a real one. For a few years, we have had an artificial tree. This year, after I already decided on putting up the artificial one, he told me that we can get a real one. Lol. So next year, I will be getting a real one again!!
    I hope you and your family have a very happy holiday season! Thank you for sharing you wonderful pics and for the great giveaway!

  • December 20, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    We have a little green Articfical one this year with rainbow LED lights and red ribbons along with our fave ornaments. (we also have a larger green and white ones in the attic.) Hopeing everyone has a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and New Years.

  • December 20, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    We used to get real pine trees when I was little, but they were a lot of work and I don’t have the best immune system (allergies are just the beginning), so we tend to just stick with a fake one. 🙁

  • December 20, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Hi! I like a green artificial tree. I hate the thought of killing a tree just for my amusement. I do think there beautiful tho! Thanks for being apart of this great hop! Im having a blast! Thank you! Happy holidays!

  • December 21, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Congratulations to Donna Newman, who won the gift certificate. Thank you to everyone for taking the time to participate. Merry Christmas!

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