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Like every other year, this year too, one thing is keeping us grappling this Christmas. And what’s that? What type of Christmas tree to buy, should we go for the old-school Real Christmas Tree or opt for the artificial ones? Besides the topics like who’s hosting the Christmas or what gifts to give, this one thing (choosing the right Christmas tree) literally gives us sleepless nights.
While real Christmas trees have always been there, artificial ones have travelled a long way since they were introduced sometime around the 1930s. In 2018, a study found that around 82 per cent of households in the US prefer artificial Christmas tree over Real Christmas Trees. But why just a drastic usage of artificial trees where the real ones are available? Let’s check out!
Real Christmas Trees and Why People Love Them
They help maintain the traditions of festivities in family: For many, the celebrations of Christmas mean not only a festive occasion but also a Romantic symbol of family traditions and of course nostalgia. In many households, this is even a non-negotiable seasonal special. There cannot really be any pros and cons for family traditions. Isn’t it?
Choosing a tree, which is a fun activity, binds the family together: The nostalgia, traditions and fun are not only just about having a tree but also about going out to fetch that perfect tree for a particular year. It is a fun activity to be done with family and friends to go out on one fine chilly winter day and bring the beauty home, as Christmas approaches. It is also a great way to infuse the holiday spirit into your loved ones.
A beautifully fragrant Christmas tree: Christmas time comes with a lot of accompanied aroma, of cinnamon, cookies and cake. A diffuser diffusing aroma of Douglas fir or a scented candle works fine too, but nothing can beat the natural woody musk that comes from a Christmas tree that has been freshly cut.
Real Christmas trees are recyclable and biodegradable: Though it might sound weird, a real Christmas tree is sustainable just like any other crop. It is not as detrimental to the environment as it may have seemed to be.
In fact, the Christmas Tree Promotion Board says: “Christmas tree farmers make sure planting and harvesting are balanced to protect the environment. In fact, for every real Christmas tree they harvest, they plant at least one new tree.”
Real Christmas trees are also completely biodegradable and hence can be repurposed for mulch.
Interestingly, artificial Christmas trees are around three times more harmful for the climate, and are non-recyclable and non-biodegradable.
Real Christmas Trees are a mode to support small businessmen: Is there any better time to support small businessmen than the festive seasons? Obviously no! While artificial trees are produced in big factories and sold by large chains, real trees are still sold by the local nursery or a family-run Christmas tree farm, who look forward to Christmas, the whole year.
Real trees are usually cheaper than Artificial Trees: The price of a real Christmas tree usually depends on a lot of factors like the location, the nursery you’re buying it from, and the kind of tree you’re buying, but even after this it is found that on an average, an 4ft artificial Christmas tree costs more than that of a real Christmas tree.
Then, What Are the Reasons That You May Want to Buy an Artificial Christmas tree?
Reusability: You can use, reuse, reuse and reuse…a 5ft artificial Christmas tree. So, it is comparatively an economical choice as you won’t have to buy it every year, as it would have been the case for a Real Christmas Tree.
Artificial Trees need no-maintenance: Real trees are indeed the best, but they are high-maintenance too. They need to be watered, swept and trimmed to look the perfect for the Christmas week.
On the other hand, artificial trees come with no-hassle and you need not worry about the right placement for the maximum freshness. And you need not think about the recycling program too.
Artificial trees are mostly fire-resistant: Most of the artificial trees are made with materials which are fire-resistant, and you can confidently string the rice bulbs on them, leaving you less scared about a potential outbreak of fire.
Artificial trees are easy to customise: You cannot really grow a Christmas tree of your choice, but you can get it customised as per your choice. Pre-lit, pinecones-decked 6ft artificial Christmas trees are also available.
An artificial Christmas tree, as available in shopping websites like Keplin, which measure from 4-7 feet in height. These are really thick, bushy trees that have many branches (550 tips) resulting in a full and plump effect looking real and genuine. The tree tips are fire resistant and are made from 100% Virgin PVC helping you rest with ease this Christmas.
So even if you are a loyal real Christmas tree fan, why not give an affordable 7ft artificial Christmas tree a chance this year? Share your experiences with us!