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Real Christmas Trees vs. Artificial Christmas Trees

The Differences Between Real Christmas Trees and Artificial Christmas Trees

Are you deciding between getting a real Christmas tree and an artificial tree? Use the information below to help you make your decision.

Real Christmas Trees


- Natural smell
- Each one is uniquely shaped
- Support local businesses
- Nothing to store in the offseason
- Many species of trees


- Can be messy (sap and needles)
- Creates waste
- Recurring cost year after year
- Not ideal around people with asthma and allergies
- Requires watering
- Shorter life span

The Whole Story: It’s difficult to fully recreate the natural look and feel of a real Christmas tree. Picking out a tree is an important tradition for many families. However, for some, this can seem like a hassle. Real trees require more maintenance. Quality control is much more difficult with a real tree. There are many different species of trees available and there’s no guarantee of how long it will last. While some trees will last well into December, others may only make it until Christmas.

Artificial Christmas Trees


- Can be reused year after year
- Less mess (no dropped needles)
- Low maintenance (no need to water)
- Easy to set up
- Safe for asthma
- No annul expense
- Perfect shape


- Must be stored in the offseason
- Potential fire hazard
- Does not have natural smell
- Production of PVC can be harmful to the environment

The Whole Story: Artificial tress are typically made of PVC or other synthetic materials. While many claim that natural trees are more harmful to the environment, the PVC production process is far from perfect as it releases harmful pollutants into the environment. However, if you are looking to skip the mess and hassle of a real tree, an artificial tree provides many unique advantages. You pay for it one time and it will last year after year. You just have to find a place to store it for the rest of the year. Most artificial trees are relatively easy to set up and they won’t die on you before Christmas arrives.

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