The next morning, my boy (the carpenter) fixed the problem.

He went straight into the garage and got his hammer and some nails. He then proceeded to nail the tree to the floor. Yes, he nailed it… and there it stood tall, secure and bright until sometime in February.

Every year since, they have kept their own tradition of setting up a pre-lit, artificial tree.

This year may very well be our last year of a “real” tree. I hate the thought of 37 years of a family tradition coming to a close. Every year, right after Thanksgiving, we have gone on a hunt for the perfect tree–and always found it.

However, with only one left at home, it’s time to rethink what are the important traditions to keep and what brings more stress than joy.

Truthfully, two weeks after Christmas last year was the perfect time to decide if you want to put up an artificial tree this year. Only because that’s the best time to buy one.

The second best time is now, while the selection is at its fullest—especially if you’re picky about your fresh tree.

What will you put up this year—will your tree be real or fake? Which is best?



Photo Credits Shutterstock alpha234LightspringLuisa Puccini