Christmas Trees: Natural vs Artificial

Thanksgiving is over and although some people got ahead of the game, it is now “officially” time to put up lights and Christmas trees. It is easy to get in the same routine year in and year out, reusing the same ornaments, replacing bulbs rather than buying a new strand, baking the same cookie recipe. Then there is the greatest debate of them all: to buy a natural or artificial tree.

Many aspects play a role in making this decision. How large of a space do you have? Do you have pets? Do you have allergies? To some this may mean the choice is easy, but if it comes down to whether you prefer a fresh pine scent to take over your home or not, here are some pros and cons to both options.

The pros of purchasing a fresh tree outweigh the cons by far in my opinion. There is nothing better than walking into your warm, cozy home on a cold winter day and being greeted by the scent of fresh pine. It is also more environmentally friendly if you live near a local tree farm where you can cut your own tree. Some cities will even set up a tree donation station after the holidays and turn your tree into mulch. It doesn’t get any more environmentally friendly than that! Of course, there is the issue of pine needles ending up on the floor but that holiday scent is worth it in my opinion.

If you have an animal living inside you may not want a fresh tree. Water may get knocked over and needles may end up all over the house. An artificial tree would also benefit someone who is allergic to natural trees. Another pro is how realistic artificial trees are able to look these days. It can be easy to imitate a natural tree by lighting a pine scented candle or spritzing some room spray around your home before guests arrive. However, artificial trees do take up storage room throughout the year and while it is possible to reuse it each year, it will take much longer to decompose than a natural tree once you finally decide to get rid of it.

I am personally looking forward to getting a fresh tree this year but would like to extend my support to anyone who is planning to go artificial. Do what is best for you and what makes you happy. It IS the most wonderful time of the year after all!

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