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Christmas Trees, Is Fake Better Than the Real Thing?


When it comes to Christmas Trees, is Fake Better Than the Real Thing?

Real Tree or Fake Tree That is the Question!

There are numerous advantages of artificial trees, including the long-term cost and the fact that they are allergen free. However, nothing is perfect, so people may miss the piney scent that a real tree offers and the process of picking out a real tree. To help you decide which type of tree to get, here are some of the pros and cons of buying an artificial tree this Christmas.

Pros of an Artificial Christmas Tree:

Artificial Christmas Tree

Artificial Christmas Tree

Long-term Costs Are Lower. Even a relatively cheap Christmas tree can cost $50, and prices can go up substantially from there. While real Christmas trees are one use only, artificial trees can be used over and over, sometimes for decades. Even if you purchase an extravagant artificial Christmas tree, it’s something that you can get years of use out of.

Allergen Free. Artificial Christmas trees are a major relief to people who suffer from allergies. Live trees tend be breeding grounds for mold and mildew, especially since they have to be watered regularly to keep from drying out while in your home. On the other hand, artificial trees are totally allergen free, unlike real trees, which can cause major problems for people with asthma or other respiratory problems.

Maintenance and Cleanup Are A Breeze. One of the reasons that real Christmas trees smell so good is their pine needles, but these same needles are a major headache. Needles tend to shed all over the place while you are bringing in a tree, setting it up and especially when you are removing it after the holidays are over. Artificial trees, of course, have no such issues, and they don’t require any special attention once they’re up and decorated.

Pre-decorated and Whimsical Trees. While real trees are gorgeous, you’re not likely to find anything but a green and bare tree for sale. However, there are a wide variety of unique artificial Christmas trees for sale. Whether you want a tree that’s pink, upside-down, covered in snow or that features LED lights, you can find an artificial version of it.

Real Christmas Tree

Real Christmas Tree

Cons of a Fake Christmas Tree:

No Pine Tree Smell. One of the biggest advantages that real trees have over artificial trees is the amazing pine smell that real trees produce. However, there are now sprays that you can buy that will help to make your artificial tree smell like the real thing.

Picking Out A Tree Isn’t The Same. Many people enjoy the process of going out and finding the perfect tree and bringing it home. If you buy an artificial tree, you’re not going to have the same feeling of going through tree after tree on a winter evening and finding the exact one you want. On the other hand, you may consider this a hassle, so it could make an artificial tree even more attractive to you.

Artificial Trees Can Still Be Flammable. While there’s no question that real Christmas trees can be a potential fire hazard, some individuals may be surprised to hear that artificial trees may also present the same issue. The good news is many artificial trees now are made with fire retardant materials, so if this is a concern for you, be sure to pick a tree that is Inherently Fire Retardant.


About Erik Mickelson

Erik Mickelson is the author of Northwest Custom Apparel's blogs. Erik has been with Northwest Custom Apparel since 1996 after graduating from Washington State University and is the founder of the Apparel Graphic Academy. Trained by the custom graphic apparel industry's best, Mark Venit, Erik brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Embroidery Adventure blog. As they say, 'Experience is the best teacher.' We are proud to have Erik as part of our team!

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