Is a Real or Fake Tree Better This Christmas?

List: Posted: 12/19/11

If you are looking to put a tree in your home for Christmas, there is always one debate that seems to arise in most households:  whether you want a real tree or a fake tree.  Year after year, as we find ourselves vacuuming up old needles for months on end, we swear that we will never get another real tree.  So that begs the question, which kind of tree is better?

There is certainly a lot to be said for real trees.  There is something fun about gathering the family together, going to a Christmas tree farm, and selecting or even cutting down your own tree.  Real Christmas trees have that lovely holiday pine-needle smell and they look great in your home. 

 

Of course, on the negative side, they also leave a sticky mess behind and needles that seem to keep appearing for weeks or even months after the tree comes down.  You must also find a way to dispose of your real Christmas tree after you're done, which may may mean cutting it into pieces with a hacksaw so it will fit in the trash.  Many garbage disposal men will refuse to take away a tree that is left on the curb beside your regular trash, especially if it is a big tree or an old one that is yellow and shedding needles, making it hard to pick up.  They don't want a face-full of sharp needles any more than you do!

With a fake Christmas tree, there is no mess, but there is also no Christmas smell and no exciting trip to the Christmas tree farm.  Of course, these trees look incredible and many of the newer ones are not much different in appearance than a real tree when decorated, and so being much easier to clean up.  Many of them now come pre-strung with lights, so unraveling that old, tangled string of lights will be a thing of the past.  For some people, a can of pine or spruce air freshener is enough to recreate the scent of a real tree.

As to which tree is the better choice, it is really a matter of personal preference.  Both real and fake trees certainly have their benefits, and knowing which is better for you this Christmas really depends on what your family wants.

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