Christmas tree lots opened all over town this weekend. Every year, the debate continues: real or artificial?
There are pros and cons on both sides of the debate but for most, the issue comes down to one of personal preference.
Do you prefer to assemble and disassemble the tree each year? Or do you prefer to figure out how to stuff the tree into or tie it onto the car and how to get it in and out of the house without needles going everywhere?
Real tree pros
- You can’t beat the scent of a real tree, it just smells like Christmas
- Real trees are grown in the United States
- Buying a real tree supports the local economy
- Real trees are traditional and traditions are hard to change
- Picking out the Christmas tree is a nice family tradition
- Real trees can be shredded for mulch
- Real trees can become homes for birds and small animals
Real tree cons
- The needles make a mess
- Trees need to be watered so they won’t dry out
- Sometimes real trees have bugs or drip sap
- It takes multiple people to get the tree straight in the stand
- You have to pay for a new tree every year
- It’s hard to get the tree into and out of the house
- You have to dispose of the tree
- If the tree dries out, it’s a fire hazard
- Stringing the lights can be time-consuming and annoying
Artificial tree pros
- You pay for an artificial tree only once
- You can buy artificial trees that are pre-lit
- You can put up artificial trees as early as you want
- You can keep artificial trees up as long as you want
- It’s easier for older people and those living alone
Artificial tree cons
- Up-front cost is more for a good tree
- Most artificial trees are imported from Asia
- You have to assemble and disassemble the tree
- Many artificial trees don’t look as real as real trees
- Branches get bent and the tree can get misshapen
- You lose the opportunity for a fun family outing
- When you dispose of artificial trees, they can’t be recycled
So, which type of tree is best for your family? Most tree purists won’t even consider an artificial tree. Many who use an artificial tree wouldn’t even consider a real tree.
Whichever you choose for your family, make it a family decision. If you’ve always purchased a live tree, talk about it before you change. If you’ve always used an artificial tree and want to try a real tree, see if there are objections.
Changing a family tradition can be difficult for some in the family but talking it through can help. Either way, your family can enjoy the fun of decorating the tree, a timeless family tradition.
Two of the local tree lots with hours are:
Forest Lions tree lot, located on Route 221 beside Benjamin’s Monday-Friday 2-7pm, Saturday 9am-7pm, Sunday 1-7pm
Smith’s tree lot, located on Timberlake Road near Fenwick Drive, Monday-Thursday 10:30am-8pm, Friday 10:30am-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday noon-8pm