The Christmas tree is a tradition in many Christian homes and in community areas during the holiday season. Decorated branches add color and light to the festive atmosphere of the room. Originally the Christmas Tree was a natural evergreen tree, but over the past several years the artificial Christmas Tree has become popular.
When deciding whether to decorate with a natural evergreen or an artificial tree there really is no right or wrong. The choice between natural and artificial is a matter of preference.
Natural evergreen trees are usually grown in tree farms, expressly for the purpose of becoming Christmas Trees. While some view this as a waste, the tree is a renewable resource. The tree farms replace the pine trees to grow a new crop. Tree farms offer a source of income for the farmers and for the people who run the tree stands. Purchasing the natural tree may help a small business a boost.
The natural pine tree adds a aroma to the home, which most people enjoy. Some people are allergic to pine, so the use of the pine tree may cause allergic reactions.
The artificial tree may be less like to cause allergic reactions, but may to prone to collect dust, which can also cause allergic symptoms. The reason that the artificial tree may be dustier than the natural tree is that the dust may collect over the years and fly into the air when the tree is brought out of storage.
Artificial trees have become more realistic looking over the years. In fact, it is often difficult to tell a good artificial tree from a natural tree.
Artificial trees come in a range of prices. The smaller trees can be economical. Larger trees, that look like a better quality natural tree (Balsam or Frazier Fir) usually cost between $100 to $300 or more. The cost of the artificial tree is usually more than a natural tree, which might cost $20 – $60. The artificial tree becomes more economical after a few years use, but the initial investment is higher.
The artificial tree is probably easier to set up, because is it lighter weight and is designed for easy set up. Every natural tree is different, so adjustments may have to be made to the trunk to fit the tree in the tree stand. The natural tree also needs to be set in water, which needs to be replenished as the tree drinks the liquid. Therefore the natural tree needs a certain amount of maintenance to keep it green longer.
The natural tree is probably messier to take down because the dry needles drop off onto the floor, particularly if the tree has been left up too long or has been allowed to dry out.
Both the natural and the artificial tree look beautiful when decorated with lights and colorful ornaments. The artificial tree can offer years of pleasure, while the natural tree offers an extra measure of individuality. Either way, the Christmas Tree is a warm and welcoming addition to the home over the holiday season.
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