OK, friends. It’s time for us to talk about the pros and cons of having a real Christmas tree or an artificial one. I know I’m wading into some controversial waters here – some people I know feel very strongly about this topic. Without further ado, let’s get into it.
Smells great – there is nothing like bringing
that pine scent into your home for the month of December.
More eco-friendly – if it is grown sustainably
Biodegradable – breaks down naturally
Supports local tree farmers – gives business to
the few remaining farmers in our area
Beauty – nothing matches the beauty of the real
Pine needles everywhere – there is no
escape. Resistance is futile.
Watering – Needs to be watered daily, even if
you go away. Otherwise it gets dry and
Expensive – Real trees are not cheap and it is a
recurring cost each year.
Did I mention the needles??
Nothing strapped on the roof of the car – Just
pull it out of storage and you’re off to the races.
I repeat, no needles.
Lights – If you get a pre-lit tree, no need to
spend hours putting lights on and taking them off again after Christmas.
In fact, it is discouraged.
Cheaper – less expensive in the long run if your
artificial tree lasts you several years.
Stays in landfills for decades. Those suckers will not biodegrade no matter
how much time you give them.
Requires storage space – need to box it up and
haul it down to the basement or up to your attic each year.
Doesn’t have the awesome smell of the real
So there you have it.
Which way do you fall out on this subject?
Of course, you can always do what we do and have one of each
in our house. Problem solved.
Thanks for reading.