Today is Day 22 of my 90 Days To Christmas series. And it is all about the Christmas tree. It’s getting real now, right? Time is flying and Christmas will be here before you know it! We are going to go over a real vs artificial Christmas tree to help you decide what kind you want to get!
The excitement of Christmas takes off on a whole new level (especially for me) when it’s time to set up the Christmas tree. But before you set it up, you have to pick whether or not you’re planning to have an artificial Christmas tree or a real one. There are pros and cons to both, so lets take a peek at some things you should consider when you are picking out your tree.
Real vs Artificial Christmas Tree
With artificial trees, you don’t have to worry about the needles drying out. The needles won’t shed on your carpet so you won’t constantly be vacuuming them up. You won’t have the hassle of any pets constantly nipping at the needles like with a live tree.
You don’t have to decide if it’s fresh enough so that you don’t have to trim some of it off the bottom in order for the tree to have a longer, fresher life. You don’t have to fret about fastening the stand screws tightly against the bark so the tree won’t tip. ‘
By using an artificial tree, you can just drop the base securely into the stand. I didn’t even know you had to do this until I started researching. Here are a few other pros and cons of Artificial Christmas Trees.
Benefits Of Getting An Artificial Christmas Tree
- Maintenance is super easy
- You don’t have to go out in the cold to find one (well here in Wisconsin that’s true)
- Definitely a money saver. We used the same tree for the last 6 years so the $60 investment we made 6 years ago was about $10 a year. We are investing in a new one this year since we have a bigger family and I want a prettier one.
- Less cleanup
Cons Of Getting An Artificial Christmas Tree
- Fire hazard (some of the older ones are a horrible fire hazard)
- Can look phony and fake (well that’s what they are)
- Made from a nonrenewable source: Petroleum
- Mostly made outside of America
Purchasing an artificial tree means you won’t have to wonder if you brought any pests inside your home that can damage your houseplants. Plus, there’s not the allergy factor with artificial trees like there can be with real ones.
Unlike real Christmas trees, you can buy artificial ones during the year and you won’t have to wait until the last minute to bring it home. You can get a jump on getting your Christmas items in place so that when the holidays arrive, you’re not out in the frantic shopping pace. With the ease of availability, you can buy more than one for different rooms in your house. You can get one for your children to decorate.
On the flip side, real Christmas trees have a wonderful scent. They smell like Christmas. The limbs are fuller and you won’t have a plastic pole poking through the limbs. The tree won’t have a plastic appearance.
The branches are easier to decorate than the sometimes thicker branches of artificial trees. Since the branches are attached to the tree, you won’t have the frustration of trying to match color coded branches to little slots.
Real Christmas trees are easier to take down and get out of your home. When the season is over, you can bag your real Christmas tree and many cities have a recycling program where used Christmas trees are turned into mulch, thus helping the environment.
Here are more pros and cons of purchasing a Real Christmas Tree.
Benefits Of Getting A Real Christmas Tree
- They are gorgeous & they smell good!
- It is always fun having the family pick it out together and you can make a tradition around it (that makes for fabulous memories)
- Real Christmas trees are an all-American product, grown in all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. Most artificial trees are manufactured in Korea, Taiwan, or Hong Kong.
- Real Christmas Trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes.
- Less of a fire hazard than a fake tree
Cons Of Getting A Real Christmas Tree
- They are expensive! Holy expensive batman
- They are high maintenance
- Sheds needles (more cleanup work for me and I already don’t like cleaning)
- Hard to transport (and dispose) if you don’t have a truck
Lots to a think about, huh? Also with artificial Christmas trees, you have to remove each branch by section and make sure they’re labeled (we didn’t label them and it took us a little longer to figure out, but now we have them labeled). Then you have to store them in boxes or plastic containers so that the branch tips won’t break off. Once you get it packed away, everything has to be lugged into storage or the attic. There are positives and negatives to either choice. You just have to decide which is the best choice.
We have a fake Christmas tree because when Chad was a little boy, he got rushed to the hospital and it turned out he was allergic to the Christmas tree. His dad had to come home and take the Christmas tree down and I’m just not ready to potentially deal with that with Chad and/or our kids, so its fake for us.
What kind of Christmas tree do you usually get? Do you have any traditions around it?