When most people think of Christmas, the first thing that pops into one’s mind is the Christmas tree. Decorated trees have been nearly synonymous with Christmas for centuries, and even today this tradition is alive and well. In the past, the only choice when it came to trees was having a live tree, but in this day and age, consumers are faced with a new choice: whether they want a real tree or an artificial one. For some this can be a difficult choice to make, but it doesn’t need to be! Both kinds of Christmas tree have their pros and cons, and hopefully this article will help you decide which is right for you.
Artificial trees have a few things going for them that may make them seem like a good choice. On the positive side, you only need to buy an artificial tree once. Instead of going through the trouble of disposing of it, you can simply pack your artificial tree away in the garage or attic and pull it out next year. As well, while a good artificial tree can initially be expensive, as the years pass, it turns into a good investment, as you don’t need to buy another tree for years and years to come.
However, there are also many cons to having an artificial tree. For one, it’s obviously not a real Christmas tree, and it lacks the same feel and smell as one. As well, for some people, missing out on the magical experience of going out to choose a live tree and cut it down can be a major drawback. And perhaps, most importantly at all, artificial trees are not eco-friendly. Many of them are manufactured in other countries with lead and plastic, which makes recycling them impossible, and the process of shipping them to a store near you also uses a lot of fossil fuels.
If you’re intending to go the eco-friendly route, traditional Christmas trees are the way to go. Trees are a renewable resource, after all, and so you’re not harming the environment for having them grown. For every tree chopped down on a tree farm, several more are planted to ensure a steady supply for the next few years. As well, going to choose a live tree can be a fun experience for the family. Live trees also smell nice, and their scent can freshen up your home. Perhaps best of all, there are many ways in which Christmas trees can be recycled. You can try to replant them in your back yard after you’ve finished with them, or there are many places they can be taken to be turned into mulch or other useful green products.
There aren’t many drawbacks to choosing live trees, actually. The only thing that is really negative about having a live tree is how costly a good tree can be, as well as the fact that you have to buy a new one every year. If you’re trying to go eco-friendly, though, a live tree definitely seems right for you!