I'm a traditional sort of girl. I love the classic triangle shape, and that spicy citrus scent of the Douglas fir. I love the density of the needles that are ornament hanging perfection. I even love vacuuming up the inevitable piles of dead needles off the carpet, because it makes the whole house smell like Christmas. And... I have an artificial, pre-lit 6.5' tree. It makes me crazy. Feels like I'm commiting some kind of horrible, inexcusable sin against the season.
This year, I have managed to convince the Daddy that I need at least a wreath or garland made of real Christmas tree branches. I have yet to find a scented candle or room freshener or potpourri that smells like a genuine Christmas tree. I long for trips to a tree lot. I dream of rubbing needles between my fingers and inhaling the sticky, sappy pine fragrance.
So tell me. When it comes to the tree, do you have preferences? What are your specifications: live or artificial? Douglas fir, noble fir etc...do you have a favorite? What do you like to decorate your tree with~ is it sparkly silver icicles, traditional tinsel garland, popcorn and cranberry strings? And... do you have a cat? ;)
Christmas tree image in this post by Google images.