Live VS. Artificial Christmas Trees

It can be tough to decide whether you should get a real, live Christmas tree or an artificial one for your home in the festive season. Both types of trees have their advantages and disadvantages. In this article I will take a closer look at both types to help you make this decision and choose the type of tree that will be best for you.

Live Christmas Trees

Getting a real Christmas tree is the traditional thing to do for many families. Some will go out and shop for the perfect tree together and make the shopping as well as the decorating of the tree a family holiday tradition. Live Christmas trees have a look and a smell that bring a sense of authenticity to the holiday atmosphere in your home. It may be possible to imitate the look and the smell to a lesser extent, but it can be argued that the original is still the best, and there are many die-hard live Christmas tree fans who insist on getting a live tree every year rather than an artificial one.

Fir and pine are the two most popular types of trees used as live Christmas trees. These trees are typically tall with lush, full branches for placing decorative lights and other Christmas ornaments. The smell of fir trees is quite distinctive and their branches are known to be very flexible, but they also tend to shed and that means you may have to clean up a lot. Pine trees will normally have longer needles that grow in clusters on the branches. They do not shed as much as fir trees and their branches are very strong.

Artificial Christmas Trees

Artificial trees are significantly more popular than real Christmas trees for several reasons, but the two that I think stand out the most are that they can be reused year after year and they are non-allergenic. The first reason has a lot to do with cost and time – to purchase a real Christmas tree every year can be a real hassle. Going to find the right one, arranging to have it transported back to your home, and trying to move what is usually a very heavy tree can be expensive and time-consuming. Artificial trees, on the other hand, will weigh considerably less, are a one-time cost investment, and can be used over and over again without shedding.

You may not realize it, especially if you don’t have allergies yourself, but many people are actually allergic to live Christmas trees. I don’t have any stats to back this up but it seems to me that the number of people with this type of allergy is steadily increasing every year. Fortunately, however, thanks to artificial trees even though one is allergic to real trees you can still enjoy the holidays with a Christmas tree in the home. Artificial trees also have the advantage of not needing any water, shedding a lot less, and lasting a much longer time.

Choosing a Christmas tree, whether live or artificial, should be a fun process. Live trees are the real deal but they can also be a lot of work. Artificial trees only have the appearance of being real but they are a lot easier to deal with and can be used year after year. The one you choose will be determined by which of these characteristics you value more. Hopefully this article was able to shed some light on the major differences between the two types, and you are able to use this information in your decision-making process.