I was initially discouraged by all the branch and stem and twig adjustments needed. It sat there with just the base opened for a week (I seem to have lost THAT picture sadly). I dithered about returning it and buying a real tree, the amount of work to adjust all the ends was daunting, but adding all the lights to a real tree is no great fun either.
It seemed so balanced either way...
HAH, HAH, HAH! But 3 hours and I did! just had to actually stnd there and DO IT. The biggest annoyance and time-waster, was that the outer "new-season" twigs were flat on one side and full on the other, and they were almost always upside down. Easier for the poor people constructing the trees I assume, but poor quality-control at the end of the production line. I'll bet I had to turn over 1,000 stem-ends. But only once. Next year, I won't have to.
It helped to wear thin "driving gloves". Those plastic needles can wear on you after a while.
So it was a good-looking tree after all the set-up. It looks better than I expected, actually.
With camera flash...
Hmmm. .. Didn't notice that one cardinal was fallen over... Well, everything can't stay perfect.
I love real trees for the smell and reality. And you don't have to arrange the branches. And I'm not sure tree farms harm the environment. They produce oxygen. And I know one cat who survived under them until finding a Forever Home...
But fake trees have advantages too. One lasts for a decade or so, they have 1,000s of built-in LED lights, they don't require watering so they are safer. And in theory, they can fold up "OK" with the branches spread (but folded up, if that makes sense). Well, let's just say it wouldn't fit back in the box, but it will take up less space than as currently spread out. All the branches are on hinges.
I always hate to say this, given my general sarcasm to "Martha Stewartism" but this IS a Martha Stewart Tree... (According to the box and I didn't know that at the time). All I knew at the time was that it was a pretty realistic-looking fake tree...
But what finally decided me on keeping the one I bought was that the branches are sturdier than real trees and I have a lot of rather heavy ornaments. Ornaments that I could not keep hung on real trees stay on this one.
But I have a lot of very light ornaments too. So I think I will alternate between live trees and this one. Best balance I can make.
Tomorrow, close ups of the decorations... I forgot to use the macro setting and they were all blurry up close. So I need to take new pictures.
But the close-ups are great, so tune in tomorow.