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Poll Vault: Is your Christmas tree real or artificial?

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  • Nathanel Wendel, 12, and little sister Olivia, 8, of Wheaton haul their freshly cut Christmas tree to their car from the Marmion Abbey Farms in Aurora in November 2011.

       Nathanel Wendel, 12, and little sister Olivia, 8, of Wheaton haul their freshly cut Christmas tree to their car from the Marmion Abbey Farms in Aurora in November 2011.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
 

Fresh Christmas trees smell wonderful, but they make a mess and can be a fire hazard.

Artificial trees are straight and evenly shaped, but they don't have the character of a live pine, fir or spruce.

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, real trees outsell fake ones by a 3-to-1 ratio. But then, an artificial tree isn't an annual purchase.

Which type of tree reigns in your household? Do you cut down your own tree, or do you assemble one each year?

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