real vs plastic

11 Dec

For the first twenty five years of my life we spent our Christmas holidays in Germany. German Christmas was the only Christmas I knew. I loved it. It was the highlight of the year. White German Christmas.

Our grandparents, Omi & Opi, who we only had the chance to see a few times a year, spoiled us rotten and my sister Alex and myself enjoyed every single moment of it. We went to the town’s open air Christmas market and devoured some junk food & drinks. Bratwurst mit pommes for us children & Glühwein for the grown ups (there is nothing like a good glass of hot Glühwein to warm up your frozen self from the below zero temperatures).

Opi chose the perfect Christmas tree to put in the living room and he decorated it together with my mom as we were not allowed to see it before Christmas eve – talk about German rigid rules ;). As we grew older, the tradition slightly changed and Alex helped him out with the decoration. The most vivid Christmas memories I have are from the moments they drew the curtain open and we could finally see the most beautifully decorated real Christmas tree.

Back to Greek reality. I love this country but I can’t say the same about Greek Christmas. It is just not the real thing. There is no snow (obviously), no real Christmas spirit (especially in the latter years of financial difficulties) and the sight of the real Christmas trees that are sold on the sides of the streets depress me since we have so little forests left due to the massive destructive fires this country has suffered throughout the last decades.

Up until two years ago I could pull the ‘others might have big green Christmas trees but we prefer the small wooden Scandinavian look alikes’ stunt, but I have to admit that Yiannis no longer buys this shit from his mom. Last year when my brilliant mother in law suggested in front of Yiannis that she will gladly give us the Christmas tree which she had bought in Chicago almost 40 years ago, he seized the opportunity and begged me to accept the offer. Two days later we decorated his first big Christmas tree.

So there is no real debate for me. I prefer having the extremely toxic smelling plastic tree and have my conscious clear then having the amazingly gracious and beautiful real tree to decorate my living room. If it were for me, I would be perfectly happy with just the wooden one. And I guess N. wouldn’t mind if we had NO decoration whatsoever 😉





7 Responses to “real vs plastic”

  1. john December 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    Plastic is fantastic!

  2. Our Adventure in Croatia December 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    wooden one in the picture is lovely!

    • wonderlandbytatu December 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

      I know, right??? It has been my favourite for the last 15 years…

  3. Ice Beautiful December 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Lovely wooden Christmas tree! Before I moved to Iceland I was also having some real greens or wooden decorations. In Iceland local trees are so expensive because there are some taxes for the forest development included into the price. Of course there are always lots of even more expensive imported trees on sale. We are saving both money and trees (that’s what I say to myself ;)) and decorate plastic. Just in my daughter’s room I put few branches of a real Christmas tree for the smell and well known antibacterial effect 🙂

  4. ramblingsfromamum December 17, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    I don’t know why but for some reason I didn’t get this post notification..let’s blame WP having a bad day. What an original tree! It’s gorgeous. I love the wooden decorations. We now and then would buy a real tree and contend with vacuuming the pine needles and hoards of ants that it would bring. Now we have a plastic one – it’s pretty but it doesn’t smell the same.
    I have wooden ornaments that were given to me years ago which I decorate it with.
    My father being Czech..bratwurst – yes please. 🙂 takes me back, thanks T. xx


  1. the top 10 things I love about winter | wonderland by tatu - March 7, 2013

    […] holidays although we haven’t had the perfect WHITE GERMAN CHRISTMAS for a while, we make the most out of it and spend quality time with family & friends over great […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

to pin or not

a place to test all of my pins and let you know what I think

wonder bites by tatu

food that makes me happy


Homemade recipes-Homemade Fun

Simone's Thermomix Essentials

Thermomix; Thermomix recipes; family; everyday cooking


Current & Breaking News | National & World Updates


Communication Tips To Help Your Relationships Flourish.

Γι΄ αυτούς που κρατούν ανοιχτούς τους λογαριασμούς τους με τη ζωή

Hungry Hannah

● Food ● Life ● Health ● Wellness ●

Loni Found Herself

Finding Myself. Finding Happiness.


Recipes and ramblings of a domestically inclined medical student


Burger Perverts Welcome

Ramblings From A Mum

This is my journey, my thoughts, my views, plain and simple and from my heart. Please travel with me and share, hopefully it will be an interesting trip.

Seth Adam Smith

Life Is Worth Living

Have a Yummy Day

A fine site

The Matt Walsh Blog

Absolute Truths (and alpaca grooming tips)

Life Aboard Two Choices

Pete & Lu's Sailing Adventures

The Clothesline

Chronicles of an overwhelmed mother

The Adventures of Fanny P.

...because life is just one big adventure...

kids recipes and organised chaos

Being a SAHM, cooking real food and learning to be organised


i want to see more stuff shaped like a cross

State of Alaska

Life's a joke. Might as well laugh.

Hiking Photography

Beautiful photos of hiking and other outdoor adventures.

mancakes..the blog



family travel and food

Cheeni Thoughts

a lifestyle blog!

Inspirational + Awesome

Inspirational quotes, stories and videos + Awesome pictures

A Teachable Mom

Attitude. Latitude. Gratitude. One Lesson at a Time.

Meditating Mummy's Mostly Bookish Blog

I live to read, to be, to see the world ...

Our Life In Action

All you need is a little imagination


Sharing my experiences

Larry D. Bernstein | Freelance Writer, Blogger, Educator

everyday bits & pieces of a desperate housewife & stay-at-home mom

here's to YOU, who You have become so far, and who You have yet to BE, Simply You Just BE!

Cloudy, With a Chance of Wine

Funny stories about my functionally dysfunctional life

Used Not Confused

Fashion is Passion

Fiammisday Blog Come Vestire i Bambini

come vestire i bambini?Fiammisday, il Blog di moda per mamme e bambini che ti consiglia l’outfit giusto per ogni occasione

Roll Over and Play Dad

Everyone in this house needs to calm down

Ambitious Kitchen

Sweet Treats + Healthy Eats

Adventures with Finn

Weekly Dispatches from Dad: Exploring Life with a three year old

My Fourtography Life

four children and a photography habit to support

The World according to Dina

Notes on Seeing, Reading & Writing, Living & Loving in The North

%d bloggers like this: