YOUR TURN: Real vs. Artificial Christmas Trees

It's a decision families make every year - are you willing to withstand the cold, sap and needles necessary for an 'authentic' Christmas?


Sure, everyone appreciates some good holiday decor. But have you ever been tempted to take it easy on yourself and purchase an artificial Christmas tree?

Purists won't go near them, but for others, the thought of chopping down a tree - leaving needles, sap and leaking water in your living room - is not their idea of a happy holiday. 

Despite the hassle, real trees outsell their artificial cousins by more than a 3-to-1 margin each season, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Bear in mind, of course, artificial trees can be reused every year.

Readers, what do you think? Are you undertaking the Griswold family tradition this year, or are will an artificial tree do the trick for your family?

Vicki Fortin November 28, 2012 at 07:31 PM
artificial if it's inside the house, why would I kill a perfectly good creator of oxygen just to fulfill a "tradition" plus the bonus of the lights already being on the tree every year so I don't have to worry about those silly balls of wire and bulbs :0) I have to admit though, walking around in some of the outdoor decorated living tree areas does feel much more like the winter festivals have arrived.
Manny Kinn November 28, 2012 at 08:43 PM
A real Christmas tree will always be in my home. The whole experience of going to pick out a tree with family is part of the holiday tradition. These trees are specifically grown for this purpose, and it's a gigantic business for many. An artificial tree is lackluster in my opinion. A better way to recycle trees in a community would be something to look into.


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