Real vs. Artificial Christmas Tree

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.

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Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.

 

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