Real Vs. Fake Christmas Tree: Which Should You Choose?



Choosing a Christmas tree might be the hardest choice you have to make this holiday season. With so many to choose from, how can you possibly choose between real and fake? When making your decision, it’s best to take a look at each type of tree and weigh the pros and cons.

You’ll need to think about things like cost, convenience, where the tree will fit in your home, etc. So let’s learn about both types of trees and see which fits your needs!


The pros and cons of a real Christmas tree

Real Christmas trees, or “green” trees as they’re sometimes called, are more eco-friendly than artificial ones. They don’t use electricity and have no chemicals. Real Christmas trees are also reusable year after year. Many families have a special way of disposing of their tree after Christmas: by recycling it into mulch or compost for the garden!

Real Christmas trees may be more fragrant than fake ones because they contain natural oils from needles that release scent when they rub together in the wind. This can make them seem more attractive to your nose but perhaps not so much to those with allergies. Even if you don’t have allergies yourself, you might want to consider how strong your family’s scents are before choosing this option since some humans do find natural smells unpleasant!

Real Christmas tree lovers love what traditionalists call “the magic” of having an actual branch (or two) in their home during the holidays—and there’s something special about knowing exactly where yours came from.

If you’re looking for a real tree, you may be wondering what the pros and cons of each type are. Let’s take a look at the differences between real and artificial Christmas trees:

Real Christmas trees cost more than artificial ones. The average cost of an artificial tree is $100, whereas the average price for a real tree is $35 to $50. This varies depending on where you live and whether or not it’s peak season (which it usually is). The good news? If you do choose an artificial one that isn’t in peak season, it will be cheaper!

Real trees require more maintenance than fake ones do—and they’re harder to maintain if you live in an apartment or dorm room or other space where fire hazards aren’t welcome. Artificial trees come with lights already installed; all you have to do is plug them in every year and enjoy your sparkly holiday lights without worrying about fire safety!

There are also some health concerns associated with keeping real Christmas trees around too long: mold tends to form inside their branches after several years of use because they’re not airtight like plastic containers are.

The pros and cons of a fake Christmas tree

Artificial Fake Christmas Tree
Artificial Fake Christmas Tree

A real Christmas tree has pros and cons. But the biggest pro is that it’s cheaper than a fake one!

Real trees are more expensive than fake ones, but they come with some great benefits. Real trees are often sold in bundles at big box stores, so they can be reasonably priced. You’ll also save money on the cost of having to buy water throughout the season—and it’s much simpler to just keep your tree watered when you set it up fresh in your living room each year!

When you’ve decided to go with an artificial Christmas tree, you’ll want to choose the right kind for your space. There are many options available—some of which can be found at large retailers and others online.

Pre-lit: The lights will be already strung on the tree and plugged into a wall outlet. You don’t need to worry about plugging in each ornament individually or even putting them on the branches yourself; this is all done for you!

Small: If there isn’t much room around your apartment’s doorframe, opt for a smaller size so that it can fit easily inside once it’s set up indoors.

Lights that change colors: These are great if you have kids who like things that flash and sparkle; they’ll keep their attention during those long nights before Christmas when they’re waiting excitedly by the window!

Decorated with ornaments: Get some holiday cheer going by putting some decorative touches up there too (but not too many). Your friends might feel left out without their own trees so make sure everyone gets one when visiting this year—and remember there’s no such thing as too many presents under one roof at Christmastime! Plus how else would Santa get up there?!

You can have a Christmas Tree either way!

It doesn’t matter whether you choose a real tree or an artificial tree. As long as it’s clean, healthy, and safe to handle, your choice is just that: yours. And if you’re on the fence about which type of tree to purchase this season, don’t worry! I’ve got some tips for simplifying the decision-making process for each type of decoration so that no matter what kind of holiday spirit flows through your veins—ornaments or needles—you’ll be able to celebrate Christmas like a champ.

For those who believe in going green this time of year, we have good news: both real and artificial trees are recyclable! To ensure that neither type gets tossed out in a landfill after its first winter vacation with your family (which can happen with real trees),

here are some tips on how best to recycle both types once they’ve served their purpose.

Real trees can be recycled into mulch by shredding them in small pieces before adding them back onto the soil where they came from. This method helps keep moisture levels balanced while also keeping pests out since insects won’t want anything to do with recycled wood shavings lying around.

Artificial trees can also be made into mulch when they’re done serving as holiday decorations; however, because there aren’t any living organisms (insects) inside these fake beauties there isn’t much need for shredding them first before recycling them back into nature.

Are real Christmas trees messy?

Yes! When you get home with your fresh-cut tree, make sure to wash down all its branches before putting them into water. Some people like using soap or bleach while washing their tree as well; others just use warm water alone. When you’re done cleaning off all those needles from this year’s model (or last year’s if yours was damaged by pets), wipe down any surface where an errant branch might land during transit—like walls or furniture—with paper towels soaked in warm water mixed with liquid dish soap and vinegar (which helps cut grease). Then stand back for about five minutes before wiping away any excess moisture left behind by your cleaning method du jour; any leftover moisture will attract mold spores and other unwanted guests if left untreated!

In addition to being messier than artificial ones on account of being alive (which means they give off sap), real Christmas trees also have shorter lifespans than fake ones do: They typically last between three weeks and two months depending on whether they’re kept indoors or outdoors during that time period; most artificial ones can last upwards of six months without needing replacement after purchase due to wear and tear caused by humans touching them daily over their lifetime span.”

It’s up to you!

You can choose between a real Christmas tree and a fake one. Each has its pros and cons, so it’s up to you to decide which one is best for your family.

If you have allergies or asthma, a real Christmas tree will irritate your lungs more than a fake one would. However, if you are not allergic to pine trees then the natural beauty of having a fresh-cut potted tree in your home is worth the sneezing fits!


Whether you choose a real or fake Christmas tree is up to you. The most important thing is to have fun with the process of choosing it!

Whether you choose real or artificial, there’s something to love about both—so don’t stress too much! Ultimately, the decision is all about what kind of aesthetic you want to achieve in your home during the holidays.

And don’t forget that it doesn’t have to just be Christmas decorations: both types can be used year-round as Christmas.

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