Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees —Which Is Better?

real vs. fake Christmas trees

Cans for The Corner Table

The long-lived debate of real vs. fake Christmas trees may be hotly contested, but according to the American Christmas Tree Association (ACTA), there really is no debate.

According to ACTA, “Consumers should feel free to choose either type of tree, or better yet, choose one or more of each! Both types of Christmas trees have very distinctive characteristics and a recent Life Cycle Analysis concluded that neither tree has a significant negative impact on the environment. It really comes down which kind of tree, or trees, best fits your lifestyle.”

There we have it, the final answer. Now that you don’t have to feel guilty about either choice, we’ll take a look at some of the pros and cons to see which will work better for your family.

Artificial Trees

For many families, artificial trees are their tree of choice. They offer the benefits of not needing to be watered, you can put them up whenever you want, and they can potentially last as long as a lifetime. Depending on the type of tree you purchase, they can also come pre-lit, which is the most time-consuming and least enjoyable part of decorating a tree. You also don’t have to worry about any potential allergens introduced by a live tree.

Live Trees

If you opt for a live tree, it gives you the opportunity of creating a family tradition of heading to a lot or farm to pick out the perfect tree. Your home will be filled with the delightful pine scent characteristic of the season. However, with a live tree, you do have to make sure you take proper care of it to prolong its life and prevent excess needles from dropping.

Which type of tree does your family prefer? Tell all of us Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC. We have a real one in our dealer room and we put donated canned goods under it for The Corner Table.

Chevrolet Wins 2016 Car and Truck of the Year Awards from Motor Trend

truck of the year

Driving Off Into the Sunset

Of course, you are the only critic that really matters when it comes to your car, but knowing that other people love it too, can be extra rewarding. Recently, Motor Trend gave Chevrolet both the 2016 Car of the Year award and the 2016 Truck of the Year award, with the recipients being the all-new Chevrolet Camaro and the Chevrolet Colorado equipped with the new turbo-diesel engine.

This is the second year in a row the Colorado has earned this coveted prize. Now, with the available diesel engine, the Colorado is the most fuel-efficient pickup in the United States with an EPA-estimated 31 mpg on the highway for two-wheel drive models. It also boasts the highest trailering capacity in its segment—up to 7,700 pounds when properly equipped.

As for the Camaro, Motor Trend editors were impressed with its light weight, which lends to its “world-class sports car performance and dynamics.”

With the all-new sixth-generation Camaro, buyers have six powertrain combinations to choose from, including the standard 2.0-liter Turbo, an all-new 3.6-liter V6, and a 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V8. Each can be had with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission.

If you’re looking for a new sports car or truck, stop by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet today and take a look at either of these two award-winning options.