Do you prefer a real tree or an artificial one? The elves at Popular Pittsburgh use both and wish to help make your choice easier.
- Real trees are the genuine article and are traditional.
- They smell better than a plastic tree, bringing that fresh, holiday aroma to your home day after day.
- Each tree has its own personality, making your Christmas tree different every year even if you put on the same ornaments from year to year.
- It’s more fun to cut down a real tree than to head to the attic and haul out a box.
- Real trees are grown locally.
- Real trees are inconvenient. You can’t just pull one out of a box that is stashed in the garage. You have to go buy one, and the cost accumulates each year that you buy one. After a few years, an artificial tree may save you money.
- It can be a chore to trudge through the snow to get a tree. In addition, getting it into the house and setting it up can be a challenge. (Have you ever dealt with a tree with a crooked trunk?)
- People can be allergic to real trees.
- You must water them. Real trees are a commitment.
- Needles can shed, sometimes in large quantities.
- Needles are sometimes sharp when you are trying to take them down (or step on them accidentally as the needles fall to the floor).
- They have a limited shelf-life.
- You have to dispose of them.
- Artificial trees are consistently beautiful. If you value perfection, artificial is the way to go.
- They can be left up for a long time (but please, that’s not a good reason for still having a tree up on Memorial Day).
- In the long run, they may save you money.
- They are often friendlier to allergy sufferers.
- Sometimes they are easier to assemble and take down.
- You don’t have to water them or worry about stepping on (and cleaning up after) shedding needles.
- To get a good quality tree, you will have to shell out a lot of money initially.
- A bad artificial tree is as bad as a cheap toupee.
- There’s nothing “magical” about an artificial tree; a plastic tree did not inspire “O Tannenbaum.”
- Many artificial trees come from China, not the USA.