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?

MMRosenthal November 29, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Real. But I place my trees outdoors, and undecorated, in tree stands; while they are still full, green and taking water. That way they stay green for MONTHS, and provide shelter for wild birds during storms. When they dry out completely they become mulch for the garden or someone else's firewood.
Rosa S November 29, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Fake all day. I suffer from asthma and the smell of real trees, wreaths, or garland is overwhelming in the house.
Phoenix Boulay November 29, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Please consider that rather than celebrate by killing trees this year, we can create a greener solution by investing in a living (potted) tree. A living tree can give you years of enjoyment as a potted plant, or add value to property by planting afterward. It could also be donated to a place in need of trees or landscaping.


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