With Christmas on it’s way, many people are beginning to debate whether or not to pull out the artificial tree or to splurge on the real thing. There are many pros and cons of each side, so it’s important to weigh your options before you make a final decision. Understanding the pros and cons of a real Christmas tree versus a fake Christmas tree may make all the difference in your decision.
Pros and Cons of a Real Christmas Tree
It is definitely no surprise that the most attractive reason for purchasing a real Christmas tree is because of the volume and the appearance of the tree itself. Real trees feature more branches and of course they’re more natural in appearance, adding to their appeal. They are the true, original Christmas tree.
The smell of a real tree can go either way. Some people absolutely love the smell of fresh pine or fur trees, while others may feel the scent is a nuisance or they may even be allergic to it. In the end, this is ultimately personal preference. If you can’t stand the small for a month, you may wish to avoid the real Christmas trees.
Unfortunately, real Christmas trees also require work. You’ll be vacuuming up those needles on a daily basis toward the end of the holiday season. You may also have issues with sap leaking and becoming ingrained in your carpet. Lastly, if your tree dries out it can also be a fire hazard.
Pros and Cons of an Artificial Christmas Tree
One of the biggest pros of having an artificial Christmas tree is the money. Purchasing a high quality artificial tree can save you the costs of having to purchase a real tree every year. Higher quality trees can last upwards of twenty years or more.
There’s also the lack of sap and prickly dried needles on the carpet. Also, artificial trees are now made to be flame retardant so there’s less of a chance of your artificial tree catching fire.
Unfortunately, many people are apt to purchase an inexpensive tree which can lead to lower quality products. This can mean replacing your artificial Christmas tree every year, or every other year due to normal wear and tear of simply placing ornaments onto the tree. More importantly, lower quality trees often mean the tree looks extremely fake. Inexpensive artificial trees often lack enough branches to really create that “tree” feeling.
Ultimately, you must decide for yourself whether or not to purchase a real Christmas tree or an artificial Christmas tree. Both can be a great choice depending on a family’s needs and wants, so don’t feel obligated to choose one over the other.