Confession: I am a Jew who loves Christmas. My love runs deep, too. In fact, I went ahead and married a Christian just so I could celebrate Christmas. (Well, not really, but that's how I keep him on his toes.) I love the holiday for it's beauty, warmth, and meaningful family time. I could, however, do without the hassle that goes along with it. I prefer simplicity, which just so happens to be one of the signs you're a fake tree mom. Yes, you read that correctly. I am a proud, unapologetic fake tree mom. Because, let's be honest, the holidays can be stressful enough without having to deal with another living thing in the house.
While I love Christmas, every year I resist it. I'm just never "ready." There's so much to do, and so many obligations to consider, and by the end of it all I'm tired, overwhelmed, and a tad cranky. So I like to minimize my stress levels by eliminating unnecessary agitators. I do most of my shopping online and do my best to avoid all stores. I make to-do lists, and other types of checklists, to organize my scattered brain. And I set up an artificial tree because it's my life and I will do as I please.
Now, there's no denying that a real tree has some positives. One cannot replace the scent of a real Evergreen. A real tree has a look that cannot be copied by manufacturing, and it brings warmth into the house like nothing else. But those things aren't enough for me to ditch my fake tree ways. I will never change, and if these signs that you're a fake tree mom relate to you, you shouldn't change either.