Before you plan any dinners, before you bake a single treat, before even one gift is wrapped, you simply must get your Christmas tree put up. But here’s the issue: do you opt for real or do you go artificial? It’s quite the Christmas conundrum, but that’s why you have us. Let’s take a look at our options here and weigh them out!
Why We Love Artificial Trees
Artificial trees are reusable for years and years to come, which ultimately saves you money in the long run. On average, artificial trees cost a little more upfront, but not having to buy a new one every year? Priceless.
The installation, dismantling, and storing of trees have never been easier. In fact, most trees now come in three segments that just “click” together, and taking them apart is just as simple. And when it comes to storage, all you need is a plastic tote.
Real Christmas trees are on the high-maintenance side, so if you’re super busy during the holidays or you don’t exactly have a green thumb you may want to steer clear. Artificial trees require no watering, sweeping, or trimming.
Most artificial Christmas trees are flame-retardant which makes them significantly safer to string lights on.
Artificial trees won’t trigger any allergies you or someone in your household may have.
Are you a Kingswood fir kind of person? Or maybe more of a Blue spruce fan? Nabbing an artificial tree allows you to totally customize what type of tree you get and how it looks.
Why We Love Real Trees
In a word: aroma. Few things smell as good as a freshly cut Christmas tree. Now, you can get candles, wax cubes, or even Christmas tree sticks that smell like a Douglas fir, but those just aren’t the same.
Believe it or not, going to a Christmas tree farm to choose and cut down a Christmas tree is a lot more fun for the whole family than pulling last year’s from storage. Not only does Christmas tree shopping (and chopping) make for a pretty incredible family tradition, but as kids become adults who start (or continue) their own family traditions, it becomes nostalgic.
Real Christmas trees are biodegradable and when the end of the season comes, all you have to do is find a Christmas tree recycling program that will properly dispose of them.
If you enjoy camping or you just love a good outdoor gathering complete with a fire in the fire pit, then a real Christmas tree will provide you with a ton of kindling to keep around until you can use them.
Real Christmas trees are an excellent way to support local farmers. Artificial trees typically come from large chain stores which means they’re more than likely mass-produced overseas.