Real or Artificial Christmas Tree – Should You Choose Fake or Real Christmas Trees?

Christmas trees make Christmas as far as I am concerned. But should you have an artificial Christmas tree that lasts for years or buy a real one each year. That is the big question.

As a child we had a real Christmas tree for years. Then ‘progressed’ to an artificial Christmas tree. Every year, I yearn for a real Christmas tree again. but let’s take a look at the pros and cons of both trees.

The Case For Artificial Christmas Trees

Despite not being a fan of the artificial Christmas tree, there are quite a few positives to buying one. The fact that you don’t have to go out every year and find a real Christmas tree is a plus point too. This means there is one less task to do in the never-ending list of Christmas preparations.

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No Dropped Needles With an Artificial Christmas Tree

With artificial trees, you don’t have to worry about the needles drying out. The needles won’t shed on your carpet so you won’t constantly be vacuuming them up. I have many happy memories of trying to vacuum under the Christmas tree without knocking it so all the needles fell off! And no, I didn’t do a very good job.

Real or Artificial Christmas Tree with cat

You won’t have the hassle of any pets constantly nipping at the needles like with a live tree either.

Artificial Christmas Trees look so realistic now too. Sometimes they even look better than real trees.

Artificial Christmas Trees Have Their Own Stand

With an artificial tree, you don’t have to decide if it’s fresh enough or trim some of it off the bottom in order for the tree to have a longer, fresher life. And you don’t have to fret about fastening the stand screws tightly against the bark so the tree won’t tip. Also, you don’t have to put an artificial Christmas tree in a bucket, and then try to make it look Christmassy!

By using an artificial tree, you can just drop the base securely into the stand. There is no spinning it around to see it’s ‘best side’ either.

No Bugs or Sneezes With Artificial Christmas Trees

If you buy an artificial tree, you won’t have to wonder if you brought any pests inside your home that can damage your houseplants. Or worse.

Plus, there’s not the allergy factor with artificial trees like there can be with real ones. My other half has hay fever brought on by tree pollen. That’s why we can’t have one. Apparently.

Artificial Christmas Trees Can Be Put Up Earlier

Unlike real Christmas trees, you can buy artificial ones during the year and you won’t have to wait until the last minute to bring it home. You can get a jump on getting your Christmas items in place so that when the holidays arrive, you’re not out in the frantic shopping pace.

Real or Artificial Christmas Tree - no tree

With the ease of availability, you can buy more than one for different rooms in your house. If you have different colour schemes in different rooms, you can have a tree to match.

Do Real Christmas Trees Win Out?

On the flip side, real Christmas trees have a wonderful scent. They smell like Christmas. The limbs are fuller and you won’t have a plastic pole poking through the limbs. The tree won’t have a plastic appearance.

Real Christmas Trees Are Already Assembled

With a real Christmas tree, the branches are easier to decorate than the sometimes thicker branches of artificial trees. Since the branches are attached to the tree, you won’t have the frustration of trying to match colour coded branches to little slots. You won’t need to spend hours spreading the branches out.

You Can Dispose of a Real Christmas Tree

Real Christmas trees are easier to take down and get out of your home. When the season is over, you can bag your real Christmas tree and many cities have a recycling program where used Christmas trees are turned into mulch, thus helping the environment.

With artificial Christmas trees, you have to remove each branch by section and make sure they’re labelled. Then you have to store them in boxes or plastic containers so that the branch tips won’t break off. Once you get it packed away, everything has to be lugged into storage or the attic. 

Is it The Artificial Christmas Tree or The Real One This Year?

The excitement of Christmas takes off on a whole new level when it’s time to set up the Christmas tree. But before you set it up, you have to pick whether or not you’re planning to have an artificial Christmas tree or a real one.

There are positives and negatives to either choice. You just have to decide which is the best choice for you.

I have already got an artificial Christmas tree. Yes, that was another argument I lost. But I have decided this year to have the best of both worlds. I am going to buy a small real Christmas tree for the dining room. The artificial Christmas tree will be quite happy in the living room.

2 thoughts on “Real or Artificial Christmas Tree – Should You Choose Fake or Real Christmas Trees?”

  1. Ok, the “no needles” is false. The artificial trees shed. Maybe not as much as real ones, but if you get a good real one, it doesn’t shed much either. So, I no longer consider this “point” to be a pro of artificial trees.

    And, now a question . . . where do you store your artificial tree that it doesn’t get bugs? I mean, our attic has bugs.

    Ahhh this – Artificial Christmas Trees Can Be Put Up Earlier – is a huge pro for me. Never really thought about it because I “earlier” to me would be before Thanksgiving . . . so . . . hmmm, maybe this isn’t such a big pro (to me).

    I have thought that I would NEVER get an artificial tree, but the past couple of years as I walk around and around and around my tree trying to find a strong enough branch to support some of my ornaments, I think, “If we had an artificial tree ALL the branches would be strong enough to support the ornaments.” And then I slap myself because . . . . ya know, ARTIFICIAL. 🙂

    • Hi Terre, thanks for popping by and making the effort to comment. Yes I agree that artificial Christmas trees do shed but nothing like real Christmas trees. The ‘needles’ don’t hurt so much when then stick in your foot, and they don’t manage to hang on until the summer! I keep my artificial Christmas tree in the attic. I keep it in a bag and store that in bin bags. That is just because we have plenty of space in the attic, and no bugs. If I didn’t store it there, I would probably put it on top of the wardrobe in the spare bedroom. Once they are enclosed in a good bag, they don’t take up too much space do they. I am like you and never thought I would get an artificial tree. However, they are far more convenient and you don’t lose the Christmassy look and feel. You could always compromise and buy an artificial tree for your main tree then buy a small real tree for a different place like maybe the dining room? I think that is what I will do this year.


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