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2:49 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

The Great Christmas Tree Showdown

Fake or real tree? The great Christmas debate continued on BPR, where Jim and Margery polled listeners to find out their preferences.
Fake or real tree? The great Christmas debate continued on BPR, where Jim and Margery polled listeners to find out their preferences.
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The Christmas season doesn't officially start until dark green conifers show up in living rooms festooned with blankets of light and tinsel. But while the tree heralds the season's beginning, it's also belies a darker, sometimes-vicious debate — should we get a real tree, or make do with a fake?

Jim Braude and Margery Eagan opened it up to listeners to solve the dilemma. Do you opt for the fake fir to save money, or to be eco-friendly? Would it still seem like the Christmas season without the yearly trip to the tree lot? Let us know in the comments below, or at our Facebook page.

Also on BPR:

  • Reporter Dave Wedge and Suffolk University's John Nucci were Jim and Margery's guests to talk politics. They covered drama in the casino approval process, and drama in the rapidly-expanding field of Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates.
  • Rabbi Moshe Waldoks was Monday's "Reverends and Rabbis" Open Mic guest. He talked about Orthodox and mainstream Jews, feminism in the Jewish community, and the media darling Pope Francis.
  • Nicholas Dawidoff spent a year with perennial New England Patriots enemy, the New York Jets. His new book is called Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL  Football. Dawidoff chronicles a tough 2011 season when fans' hopes for the team went up in smoke by midseason.

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