‘Tis the Season: Should You Get an Artificial or a Real Christmas Tree?

Posted on Dec 15 2015 - 1:00am

Artificial Christmas TreeThis season, it is time to display at home the main symbolism of the holidays—the Christmas tree. If you do not have one yet, it will not be difficult to find a good store that sells them. The only thing you need to keep in mind is the type of tree you are going to buy.

Here is a guide to help you decide between an artificial Christmas tree and the real one.

The Cost

When you buy an artificial Christmas tree, you can use it for a lifetime until its stand and fake leaves are in good condition. It is convenient because once the Christmas season is over, all you need is to keep it somewhere and drag it out again for the following year.

As for a real Christmas tree, you may need to buy it from farmers every year. Growing trees became a business for many, so expect that you have to pay a fine price. It is possible to cut a tree on your own, but it is dangerous and you cannot be sure if someone owns the lot where you are getting the tree.

Fire Hazard

Experts conducted a test to see how both artificial and real Christmas trees react to fire, and they found out that artificial trees are more dangerous. Even though artificial trees have flame retardant properties, they only resisted the flames for a specific amount of time. Afterwards, the artificial tree burned and released toxic smoke that contains dioxin and hydrogen chloride gas.

Maintenance

Artificial Christmas trees are made of plastic, so they will not shed leaves on the floor and will not go out of shape. Whether the tree is in storage or in display at home, there is no need to maintain it. Real Christmas trees are high maintenance since they need to stand on water—about a quart of water per inch of the stem’s diameter—the whole time to keep its freshness.

Artificial or real, the choice depends on you. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages, so it is best to decide what works most for you and your home.