It’s clear that Christmas isn’t the same without the rich, piney smell of a fresh Douglas Fir filling the home with joyous holiday cheer. From a practical standpoint, artificial Christmas trees are not worthy of their bad reputation. Though a real tree has been a tradition in America since the 18th century, artificial trees come with plenty of benefits.
One of the most significant reasons people opt for fake trees may surprise you: guilt. Having to sacrifice the life of a young, happy tree for decoration is very unsettling. The environmental impact of fake trees is much less than that of real trees, which appeals to a lot of Americans these days. With all the talk of global warming and carbon footprints, why buy a tree that will last a few weeks then be cast out dejectedly onto the curb soon after Christmas?
On average, an artificial tree lasts six years. Real trees, on the other hand, barely make it through the Christmas season. Most have to go through the hassle of buying a tree, setting it up and continually watering it, and then taking it down after Christmas. A fake tree requires a fraction of that effort.
As far as cost and convenience, artificial trees are a better investments when we look at our economy. The recurring purchase of a real Christmas tree each year becomes excessively costly when compared to a reusable artificial tree.
Topping 17.4 million in North America in 2007, fake tree sales are still only about half of real tree sales. But doesn’t everyone get tired of the seemingly endless amount of pine needles that get everywhere? On top of that, fake trees are much easier to transport home than lugging a giant Douglas Fir on the top of the car.
Safety, a primary concern to most families, is better with fake trees than real because of their flame-retardant composition. This means that fake trees will catch fire less easily than real ones. Subsequently, all the elegant Christmas decor won’t run the risk of fiery havoc, that could ensue.
All Christmas tree farms do is grow a bunch of Christmas trees, cut them and sell them for hundreds of dollars when anyone could cut one down themselves. At least fake trees actually have work put into them to give them their realistic looks and character. Priced well below real trees, fake trees are much more affordable for families on a budget that still want to share the magic of Christmas.
For those suffering from allergies, artificial trees won’t give off any irritating scents that might have them sneezing through the Christmas season. Furthermore, they don’t require watering and they’ll never rot, making for worry-free holidays.
Fake trees can be set up much earlier and left up for much longer, so Christmas can start whenever, and come January there’s no pressing need to take the tree down either. In this way, putting up the tree is only a minor commitment, and the majority of the time can be spent thinking of others and sipping hot cocoa by the fire.
Most importantly, can you get a regular Christmas tree in such colors as sleek silver and hot magenta? I don’t think so.