We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The local news shows trot out scare stories about Christmas Tree fires every year and then offer advice about how to prevent them. I always figured it you were smart enough to get the thing in the house, in the stand and decorated, you probably didn't need their advice, but it never stops them from repeating it.
The media has all our sacred holidays tainted:
Razor blades in apples on Halloween; flaming Christmas trees at Kwaanza; phalange-damaging firecrackers for Independence Day; rabid bunny rabbits on Easter; tripping on tryptophan on Turkey Day... I suggest we ask the Democrats to outlaw all this dangerous celebratory nonsense for our own good.
Fresh trees are the best. Love the smell. But if you live in a small house, especially if you have baseboard electric heat under a window (which is the only spot with room to put a tree in our house) it might be a hazard. Not all of us have big living rooms or lovely entrance halls where one can place a tree several nfeet away from the nearest wall or radiator.
When you cut your own tree, and put it in water within a few hours, after sawing off the end again in the house, you can keep it fine. But if you buy it locally (precut) at half the price and not using time and gasoline to get to the nursery, those trees have been on a truck or a lot for a minimum of a week or two before you bring them home. Sawing off the end of the trunk will do little good, as the needles are already dropping.
I personally detest fake trees and only reluctantly bought one for the first time this year to save money (3 year or less payback as it has a complete set of tiny white lights preinstalled) and to shut up mewling family members afraid we would all burn up. Nobody listened to my assertion that if there were a fire, we could all just jump out the second floor windows into the bushes at the foundations and the fire would clear out 20 years of clutter....
Must admit that the prospect of not having to vacuum pine needles for the next few months appealed, too. If you have illegals cleaning for you, this is not such a motivator. But if you do, you don't care about the price of the tree either, and you probably have a bigger house and entertain too. Nobody sees our den but us. What we care about is displaying the ornaments the kids made in elementary school, stringing popcorn and cranberries, sitting breathless admiring the creche in the dark lit only by the tiny white lights on the tree.