To buy real or to buy fake, that is the question

It’s an argument that occurs each year as people get ready to fill their homes with holly and mistletoe: Which is better, a real or a fake Christmas tree?

The debate can get heated, with both sides arguing for their preferred method of decking the halls.

Many argue that fake trees are better for the environment. But a New York Times article found that unless you use the fake tree for at least 20 years, real trees are better for Mother Earth.

But real trees will be available and fresh throughout a lengthening holiday season – as opposed to real trees, which typically don’t pop up until after Thanksgiving and can lose their luster as the season wears on.

Personally, I am team fake tree. I enjoy just being able to unpack my tree at will and then shoved the tree back into storage when I’m done, no trash truck or ropes required.

So what are your thoughts?

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9 Responses to To buy real or to buy fake, that is the question

  1. Cathy Hirko says:

    Fake tree. And don’t call me Scrooge.
    I don’t like cleaning up the needles of a real tree.
    I like being able to open it up and pack it away.

  2. Lisa Adams says:

    Fake, 4 people with tree mold allergies. Besides, the branches are sturdier for those really heavy ornaments!

  3. Sarah Chain says:

    Real tree! It’s so fun to go out and cut it down and it smells so good. As much as I hate to vacuum, I’d never switch over to a fake one.

  4. Bob Reiter says:

    We like to support the local economy by purchasing trees from York County tree farms. It’s a fun afternoon, going out and picking a tree and cutting it down. Fresh cut trees last longer and smell better. After we are done we cut the top off the tree, recycle the bottom part at the Lake Redman drop-off, and dry the top. Come summer time we pick the left over needles off, screw it to a log, string it with lights, and you have a small all year round tree !

  5. KELSEY MARTIN says:


  6. Kalida Landis says:

    I have gone back and forth for the past few years, but always seem to come back to a real tree. I love the look and smell of them. Fake trees are nice, but after a few years of using them, it’s such a huge task to make it look nice. Pulling all the branches apart and trying to fill in the gaps… I can spend a single day just trying to make the tree look full! I’d rather go out and find a perfectly shaped real tree and go from there!

  7. Annie says:

    Fake. I look at the end cost. A “fake” tree is good for at least 10 years. I haven’t bought a real tree since 1975’ish and they cost about $15. Nowdays they cost like $50 and up. My current tree cost me about $100 three years ago. I’ve already recouped by loss. Plus I’m not vacuuming up pine needles until spring.

  8. Jo says:

    Real tree. ‘Nuff said!

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