If it’s time to put up the tree and trim it, one of your biggest decisions may be choosing between one of the many artificial Christmas trees available, or getting a real one. Both have their pros and cons, and it comes down to cost and convenience, just as much as appearance.
Since they were first introduced in the 1930s, artificial trees have become increasingly popular, especially with families too busy to go and choose a real one. In general, an artificial tree will cost you about twice as much as a real one, although if you use it for at least two seasons, it will of course pay for itself. And the lack of mess is a big appeal too; artificial Christmas trees don’t shed needles all over the carpet, don’t need watering and it’s also a lot easier to fit that cardboard box in the trunk of your car to bring it home.
But if you like all the trappings of a traditional Christmas, there is nothing like a real tree. It looks good, smells good and can really be the centrepiece at a party, festive meal or family gathering. Even the task of going out to find a tree and getting it home somehow adds to the festive spirit, and is often something the kids look forward to. If doing your part in looking after the environment is important to you, a real tree can be recycled whereas an artificial one obviously can’t; in fact, many communities offer tree pick up after the holidays. Over 100,000 workers are employed in the planting, growing and harvesting of Christmas trees, and just about every real tree that’s sold is grown here in the United States.
A real or artificial tree this year? Each has their advantages and there really is no wrong answer.