Real vs Artificial Christmas Tree
The holiday season is approaching! As we unpack our stored decorations and begin decorating for the upcoming festivities, we can’t forget about the Christmas tree! Before the creation of the Christian holiday, “Christmas,” trees and evergreen plants were used for many seasonal celebrations. Plants and trees that stayed green and alive all year round were very special in the winter to people long ago so they would decorate with them! It was believed that they would keep away evil spirits, illness, and the like.
Picking out each year's tree is a treasured holiday custom for many families. I know some of you probably already put your trees up for Christmas, but I know there are many of you out there that haven’t decorated your tree yet, or maybe you haven’t even decided what type of Christmas tree.
Are you considering a fresh Christmas tree? Here are a few pros and cons of a fresh Christmas tree to help you make a decision.
PROS OF A REAL CHRISTMAS TREE
- They Smell Amazing. A real Christmas tree will bring a fresh, woodsy scent to your home for the month of December.
- Real Christmas trees are also biodegradable and recyclable and are often repurposed into mulch.
- They’re often cheaper than artificial trees.
- A fresh Christmas tree is great for your mental health. There’s lots of evidence that suggests we recover more quickly from mental fatigue and stress when exposed to natural environments.
- Beat a cold with a Christmas tree. There’s some evidence that being near your tree or other houseplants can cut your risk of illness.
- Real trees are all-natural and free of synthetic materials.
- Fresh Christmas trees absorb carbon dioxide and produce fresh oxygen.
CONS OF A REAL CHRISTMAS TREE
- Some people have allergies related to the trees, meaning they’d spend the holidays sneezing and wheezing if they had one in their home.
- Transporting the tree home and then disposing of it after use can be difficult.
- A real tree will need constant maintenance and require regular watering in order to make it to Christmas day.
- You will regularly need to clean up the fallen needles, especially if you have pets or young children who try to eat anything in sight.
- While you may pay money for a fake Christmas tree that you can use year after year, real trees are only good for a season. Money for a new tree every year adds up over time and could cost more than a fake one.
- Clean up for real Christmas trees may require a trip to the dump if your garbage collector won’t pick it up. It’s not as easy as packing a fake tree back up in the box.
So will you choose a real or fresh Christmas tree now? That’s up to you! But I hope this helps you learn a bit more about the pros and cons of real Christmas trees to help you decide which one to get this holiday season.