The temperature is just starting to drop, inflatable snowmans are taking over every suburb and Mariah Carey is dominating the radio stations. It’s that time of the year again: Santa season. As the holiday creeps up, many have already begun hanging wreaths, making gingerbread houses and, especially, setting up a Christmas tree. 

While decorating is a fun pastime, choosing a Christmas tree can be a difficult decision. Considering the decked out evergreen is the focal point of holiday decor, it’s worthwhile to put some good thought into what kind of tree works best. Artificial Christmas trees are a better option than real ones because fake plants don’t require as much maintenance, they’re less expensive overall and the desired aesthetic look is more achievable. 

Real Christmas trees require significantly more care and attention than their mock up alternative. One of the more demanding tasks that come with real trees is watering them. Typically, these festive plants need to be watered on a daily basis, otherwise the lifespan will shorten, and the risk of a devastating house fire will increase. Compared to artificial ones, legitimate trees are considerably more likely to catch fire, which means those bent on buying the real deal will have to monitor the decoration even closer. In most cases, it’s inevitable that house pets and small children are going to touch and grab the tree, but at least with an artificial one there’s a slimmer chance they’ll be burned. In addition to watering and extra fire prevention work, cutting the tree is a whole other facet to a real tree’s burdensome maintenance. 

Many selections on tree lots are cut weeks prior to the purchase, which entails more chopping for the new owner. If this aspect of maintenance is neglected, the tree won’t receive proper water intake through its trunk. Of course, artificial trees aren’t meant to be watered, so the trunk nor any other part of the tree needs to be cut. 

Artificial trees are also less expensive in the long run since they can be easily stored away for several years of use. Since real trees are inconveniently mortal, they’re more of a one time use deal. Considering the costs for traveling, food and presents, the holiday season is already outrageously expensive as is. Real trees contribute to that draining budget each year, but that isn’t much of an issue with artificial ones. 

Buying a living tree each year accumulates into a pretty hefty cost over time. With the average price of a real tree being about $49, after 10 years of purchasing organic evergreens, the total amount spent on trees would be roughly $490. On the other hand, a typical artificial tree is valued at $100, but can be reused for at least 10 years or longer. With this in mind, around $390 or more can be saved, in a common 10 year span scenario, by simply opting for an artificial tree instead of its pricey adversary. 

There are also more aesthetic options with artificial Christmas trees compared to real ones. While green is a relaxing and classic look, there’s hardly any color variety in real Christmas trees. With artificial trees, there’s really no limit to the fun and abnormal appearances to choose from. Spicing up the Christmas celebration with a unique tree is a great way to kick the holiday decorations up a notch and even improve the atmosphere.

Generally, people have certain emotional reactions to particular colors, so the color of a Christmas tree can make a tremendous difference in the overall ambience. Pink, for instance, triggers feelings of love and warmth, whereas black creates a more bold and luxurious feel. For those who prefer a more traditional look, there is also a wide array of realistic, artificial trees to choose from in stores and online. Shaping the branches to achieve an ideal, overall look is also incredibly easier with the malleable material of many artificial trees. Considering the rigid structure of a living evergreen, it’s next to impossible to twist and turn the arms to create a desired layout for string lights and ornaments. 

Many would claim using artificial trees doesn’t offer the same, heartwarming experience that real Christmas trees do. For starters, visiting the local tree lot each year to find a quality choice can be an irreplaceable tradition. Many people these days are simply buying fake trees from the store or even online, which creates a disconnect with the christmas spirit. The pine tree is undoubtedly the biggest symbol for the holiday, so settling for anything other than the legitimate option contradicts the fundamentals of Christmas. Artificial Christmas trees don’t capture the same, crisp smell that the organic ones give off either. 

While trudging through mud, twigs and even snow for up to an hour out in freezing temperatures is enjoyable for some, plenty would opt for a more laidback method of obtaining their Christmas tree. With the enormous selection of high quality and artificial trees, a realistic appearance is easily obtainable. Whether or not a living room has a homegrown evergreen or a bright pink, artificial tree doesn’t detract from the festivity of the decorations. In regard to smell, there are many products available to spray onto or place inside of artificial trees that effectively mimic the scent of real ones. While artificial trees are superior in many respects, both clearly represent the holiday season. 

Organic trees have their perks, but considering they don’t tick quite enough boxes, it’s best to instead look into the artificial selection for Christmas 2021 and the remaining years to come.

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