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.
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.
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.