Well, not really. It’s not really a debate, I mean. Seriously what would you rather have: this?
It’s not just a preference thing. As a person wanting to live at peace with my environment, and it actually seems somewhat surprising, but a live tree is much more environmentally friendly. Most Christmas trees are grown on farms for that purpose (so it’s not like you’re clear-cutting a forest) and when you’re done with them, they get chipped up and are reabsorbed into the environment.
Fake trees are plastic, made from petroleum by-products and will never die in a landfill. And as for the fire hazard debate, as long as your real tree is well watered, it will not be a fire hazard whereas a fake one can be. Check out the before, during and after pics in this moneycrashers.com blog post about real vs. fake trees. Crazy, right?
I cannot imagine having a fake tree. I might not always be able to go and cut one down myself but there will always be folks willing to do it for me (like my husband). I love the smell, the look… just the whole idea of having a huge, real tree in my house makes me inexplicably happy. We decorate our tree with ornaments we’ve gathered on our travels, ornaments made by our son, ornaments that were gifted to us – every one of them has a memory attached to it and it’s such a joy to pull them out and hang them up every year.
Yup, love my tree! How about you: are you a real tree or a fake tree person?
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