poll: Time to deck the halls: Do you prefer pine or plastic?
Jeff Sainlar I AnnArbor.com
We've all seen the signs of holidays popping up since October, but now that the stores are packed with shoppers and snow is flying it's officially time to channel your inner Clark Griswold and deck the halls.
We recognize the fact that not everyone will be making the trip 20 feet up a ladder to string lights on their home, but for those of you who do celebrate the holiday season you can finally break out the decor. With the annual task of setting up there also comes a long-standing debate: should you purchase a natural tree or skip the mess and go artificial? For many the choice comes down to tradition, but for others, including municipalities the choice can turn into one needle-ly discussion.
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Although the city of Ann Arbor has dodged the debate by not having an official tree and by ending its curbside collection of evergreens in 2011 there are still plenty of choices for those in both camps around town. Favoring the fresh scent of pine? A tree can be picked up with a quick trip to nearby retailers like Produce Station and Flatsnoots or a short drive outside the city to cut down your own at a tree farm. Looking for the artificial variety? The recently opened Costco will be filling the carts of many with boxes of branches.
What type of tree do you have? Vote in the poll, then tell us why in the comments below.
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