This is a debate that rages strong in many families and amongst many friends.

Christmas Tree: real or fake?

I make absolutely no judgements whatsoever in whatever way you and your family decide to go but for me and my family we MUST have a real Christmas tree!

For us it is a beautiful Christmas ritual, going to pick the perfect tree, lugging it home, getting it in the stand, having it fall over three times, every year engineering something new to stop it from falling over, taking out the important and sentimental decorations from their special little box, each one with their own unique memory, me obsessing over the perfect placement of the ornaments, the kids singing Christmas carols while the grown ups sip bubbles, none of it is complete for me without that glorious smell of that fresh cut Canadian Christmas tree.

For the past five years we have picked the perfect Christmas Tree from Plantworld at Royal York and Eglinton. Unfortunately our go to favourite location is no more.

This year need somewhere new in Toronto West where we can pick the right one which will bring joy to kids and adults alike. We have it on good authority from our fellow fresh tree enthusiasts that the following places will have that fabulous fat and full fellow waiting for us!

Islington Garden Centre, Etobicoke

Tom’s Dairy Freeze, The Queensway & Royal York

Sheridan Nurseries, Burnhamthorpe Rd

219th Toronto Scouts, Bloor & Prince Edward Drive

Happy decorating whichever way you may go. I’ll be sure to post lots of pics of my perfect find once it is standing proud and tall. Tag @leahamira on instagram when you are posting pics of your beautiful trees this year to be in with a chance to win a $100 visa gift card.

Happy Holidays!