Christmas Tree Standoff! Round Two: Real Trees
There are advantages and disadvantages to both sides of the “real” versus “fake” debate when it comes to Christmas trees. Last Wednesday we discussed the pros and cons to buy artificial in Round One.
Today we will look at the other side of the debate.
1. According to the USDA, almost all of the real Christmas trees sold in the U.S. are grown by U.S. farmers. On average, 25-30 million real trees are sold each year. This helps employ over 100,000 workers right here at home in all 50 states where Christmas trees are grown.
2. Right now, there are over 350 million Christmas trees growing here in the U.S. These trees help keep our air clean and also provide sheltered habitat for wildlife. And for every tree cut down, 1-3 trees are planted in its place in the Spring.
3. Real trees make your home smell really, really lovely. There’s nothing better than walking into your home and smelling the fresh scent of balsam fir! If you’re entertaining guests at your house for the holidays, I’m sure they’ll appreciate it.
4. There are more than 4,000 Christmas Tree recycling programs around the U.S. Real trees can be easily recycled, unlike artificial trees.
5. Going out to find your own tree is fun and helps to reduce and relieve holiday stress. Each tree is unique in its own way, and discovering your “perfect tree” is a great way to make memories with friends and family.
1. The biggest disadvantage to buying a real tree is the cost. Most trees run $20-$70, and many top $200 or more. To make matters worse, this is a yearly expense since you need to buy a new tree every year.
2. Real trees are high maintenance. They must be watered continuously, and will drop needles on the floor. You decide! Will it be the low cost and low maintenance of the artificial tree? Or will it be natural, environment-friendly real tree?
Whatever tree you pick, may it bring your home warm wishes and feelings of Christmas cheer!