It’s the big debate, the artificial Christmas tree vs real Christmas tree! Growing up we always had a real Christmas tree. It was a tradition and an annual event to go and get the real tree with all its Christmas smell and prickles from the needles. But as we grew older there were other priorities at this time of the year. We gradually adopted the concept of an artificial tree each Christmas and our tradition became not only one artificial tree but three of them in the house. Both types of trees have a lot to offer so let’s take a look the pros and cons for each.
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Artificial Christmas tree vs real Christmas tree…
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 advantages and disadvantages to either choice so just weigh which one would be best for you.
Benefits of 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. You won’t have the hassle of any pets constantly nipping at the needles like with a live tree.
You don’t have to decide if it’s fresh enough so that you don’t have to trim some of it off the bottom in order for the tree to have a longer, fresher life. Also, you don’t have to fret about fastening the stand screws tightly against the bark so the tree won’t tip. By using an artificial tree, you can just drop the base securely into the stand.
When you’re considering the artificial Christmas tree vs real Christmas tree decision there is one big factor that may influence you…and that’s insects.
Purchasing an artificial tree means you won’t have to wonder if you brought any pests inside your home that can damage your houseplants. Plus, there’s not the allergy factor with artificial trees like there can be with real ones.
7ft Christmas Tree
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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.
One of the most popular sizes is the 7ft Christmas tree. I have two 7ft Christmas trees in my house and they work well in an average sized room as well as in an open-plan setting.
This size gives you plenty of room to decorate under the tree with ornaments, a Christmas train or to place gifts.
4ft Christmas Tree
The 4ft Christmas tree is also popular. This size is perfect for apartments. You can place this size on the floor easily without it filling up too much space. I don’t have a 4ft tree but I do prefer to put my 3ft tree on an accent table. This is the perfect height to show it off. If you’re worried about the height of a 4ft tree getting lost in your room, I’d recommend placing it on a low table to let it be seen. It all depends on how wide your 4ft tree is.
The 4ft Christmas tree is perfect for decorating in a specific color scheme. For example you can decorate in blue and silver or display it as a turquoise decorated tree. This is a great way to add to your décor in the color you need without spending a fortune on new Christmas decorations.
Mini Christmas Tree
With the ease of availability, you can buy more than one tree for different rooms in your house. You can get one for your children to decorate.
Have you thought about a mini Christmas tree as a table decoration. You can also use a mini Christmas tree in an entryway to add to your Christmas décor.
Color – a White Christmas Tree or a Silver Christmas Tree
Artificial trees in colors other than green have been growing in popularity. Two of the most sought after colors are white and also silver.
Personally, I like the “snow tree”. I own one of these white trees in addition to my main green tree. The white Christmas tree is smaller and I place more delicate ornaments and decorations on it. It’s a feature in my Christmas décor.
The silver Christmas tree is another great choice. With a color like silver you can choose so many themes to go with it.
You can still do the traditional red and green or a more contemporary look, like turquoise. Any of the blue or purple colors suit a silver tree perfectly. Or you can match white decorations with your silver tree to look like a snow covered tree.
Benefits of a Real Christmas Tree
If you’re trying to decide on an artificial Christmas tree vs real Christmas tree then you’ll need to know what to expect from the real one.
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.
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 color coded branches to little slots.
If you’re trying to decide on the artificial Christmas tree vs real Christmas tree decision based on your experience after 25th then you should know that the 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 labeled. 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.
When it comes to the artificial Christmas tree vs real Christmas tree decision there are positives and negatives to either choice. It’s such a personal decision but hopefully some of these pros and cons will help you make the best choice for your family.
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