Real or Fake…that is the ?? and a Giveway

by Angela on December 6, 2012

Do you like real greens for Christmas?  Or is faux just fine with you?

I prefer the real thing, but it can get expensive to make it look full.  A trick I have used for years, is to mix the two.  I use cheap garland or wreaths and add fresh branches over it.  I just use the wire branches to wrap around the fresh and hold it in place.  The result is more dramatic than either option and it makes the house smell SO good!

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I love Christmas, to me it is the BEST time of year! So for fun, I thought I would do some giveaways over the next few weeks.

First up is a magazine subscription!  One of you will get a year subscription to House Beautiful.

The only rule is you have to follow my blog in some way.  (e-mail, RSS feed, Facebook or Twitter)

To enter:

1.  Leave a comment letting me know how you follow.

2.  **Bonus entry:  Leave a comment letting me know if you prefer to decorate with real, fake or mixed greens for the holidays.**

This giveaway will close at 12am EST, Saturday, December 8th.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.

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Marissa Johnson December 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I follow on Facebook!

I like to decorate with both real and faux. Great idea mixing them together though!!

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Sue Sullivan December 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I’ve been following you since I first met you at the Horton’s French Flea a couple of years ago! I’d luv some inspiration from House Beautiful in the form of a free subscription. Thanks for the opportunity. Oh, and I combine both faux and real, but I try and use real as often as I can.
:-) Sue

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Sue Sullivan December 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Just saw that the comment about faux and real should be a separate comment. Whoops…. Please count is as my second entry. I like using real and faux together, although I prefer real!
:-) Sue

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Lori December 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I like to get real and have fun grabbing branches of berries from roadsides and greens from our yard. The produce section of the grocery store has fun stuff too. Love your blog and your style!

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Sandy A December 6, 2012 at 2:39 pm

I am following on FB…

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Sandy A December 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I prefer real–the fragrance and they just look so much better–but I do use faux mixed in…

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DawnM December 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I follow your blog and love it! I LOVE real greens, but living in the SW, the real thing dries out really quickly, so faux it is. Thank goodness for really great smelling candles! =)

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courtney December 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I follow on Facebook. I normally use fake but love the idea of adding a touch of fresh.

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Ella December 6, 2012 at 7:34 pm

You’re in my google reader!!!! Love your blog…I guess that probably goes without saying, since I’ve been following you for a while now, LOL.

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Becky S. December 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I follow you on Facebook and LOVE all of your posts.

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Ella December 6, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I prefer real…but for budget we’re fake-r’s all the way. However, I never thought about mixing them before. I’m gonna have to try it. I love the smell of the real thing for sure. Doesn’t quite smell like Christmas without it, especially since we converted to fake trees years ago too.

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Becky S. December 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I usually decorate with an artificial tree now that I have wood floors. The sap is bad for them. However, I did find a bundled stack of real tree branches yesterday at the tree lot to decorate with. I just LOVE the smell!

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Alix December 6, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Hi,
I follow your blog by rss on my iGoogle home page. So I see your latest blog entry every time I open up the web! Great ideas!

Thanks,
-Alix

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Linda Owens December 6, 2012 at 11:52 pm

I follow you by email.

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Delaine December 6, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Hi Angela!
I follow on Facebook . Thanks for all the great ideas.

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Delaine December 6, 2012 at 11:56 pm

I love Christmas decorating with both real and faux. Just as long as it smells like Christmas, sparkles and makes me happy!

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Linda Owens December 7, 2012 at 12:15 am

I use fake because my family is allergic to the real thing. I try to buy good quality so it looks somewhat real.

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Robin Bonvino December 7, 2012 at 12:19 am

I follow you on Facebook and by email and look forward to each and every blog!!
rlb143(at)verizon(dot)net

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Robin Bonvino December 7, 2012 at 12:25 am

I prefer real greens but use both! Thankfully the faux greenery is looking more real these days!
rlb143(at)verizon(dot)net

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Betty December 7, 2012 at 12:37 am

I follow you by e-mail and use both fake and real, but have not used them together in the same decoration. Great idea!

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Tammy December 7, 2012 at 2:10 am

I follow you on facebook and pinterest! Love your style, and I hope the table you bought is working out for you too ! Oh, I love real, but this year, it’s all fake. Still pretty with lots of lights !

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Bonnie Schulte December 7, 2012 at 2:14 am

Today, outside I used three types of evergreens, because I was able to cut it all for FREE, at my son’s and daughter-in-laws’s home, to place in the front of our home in a large planter, and by our front door, in a large urn. but, inside, I usually use the fake for garland, (easier clean up) but a real live tree ( for 49 years, we have done so) and I do buy candles, that make the house smell like Christmas.

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Cheri December 7, 2012 at 2:20 am

I follow through e-mail, and enjoy reading your blog!

Also I enjoy having a real ,but have fake .

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Tricia Boaz December 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I follow through email. I like a real tree, but use fake garland.

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