For centuries decorated trees have been associated with Christmas. A live tree, however, was the only option for this time honored tradition until the 1930′s when the first artificial tree was introduced. Now, before breaking out the tree stand and ornaments, consumers must first decide which tree is for them- real or artificial?
I put up multiple trees in my home at Christmas and every year enjoy decorating both artificial and live versions. Through firsthand experience I’ve learned the pros and cons of each. I’m not here to tell you which type you should use – that’s a personal decision – but perhaps my experience can shed some light on each type of tree so you can select the one that’s best for you.
Live Christmas Tree
- Fresh scent (love walking in the front door and smelling the fresh pine!)
- Numerous choices (Scotch Pine, Noble Firs,Grand Fir, Blue Spruce, etc.)
- Release oxygen into your home while removing carbon dioxide and other harmful gases
- Replenishable resource – and farmed trees support the rural economy
- Recyclable – easy to compost or mulch
- Potential fire risk if not continually watered and maintained
- Needles drop
- Limited usability since it decomposes
- More expensive due to one time use
- Getting a tree home can be a hassle depending on where you live and the vehicle you drive
- Irritates some allergies
- Cats sometimes like to climb them
Artificial Christmas Tree
- Extensive selection, including prelit (yay! no more tangled lights)
- Requires no maintenance
- More cost-effective over time
- Flame retardant
- Can be left up indefinitely
- No needles drop
- No allergens
- Metal trunk can’t be climbed by cats
- Made from a non-renewable resource
- Most are made overseas so no benefit to local economy
- Many trees require assembly and disassembly
- Requires a large enough storage space most of the year
- Not biodegradable
- No fragrance (for some people this would be a pro)
As you can see, live and artificial trees both have strengths and weaknesses. Before purchasing your next Christmas tree consider your lifestyle, needs, and preferences before deciding on a real or artificial tree.
So what is your decision? Are you a live tree person, an artifical tree person or, like me, a dual tree lover!? Share the reasons for your selection. And let me know other pros or cons you may have discovered for one type of tree vs. the other. What ever you decide – I hope you have a tree-mendous holiday!
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