Fake Christmas Tree, or Au Naturel?

For some people the same question comes up year after year. Should you buy a real or fake Christmas tree? Both have their pros and cons, but ultimately the decision is up to you as to which is your preference. Keep reading and we will break down the pros and cons for both types of trees.

Let’s start with a real Christmas tree…


  • You can’t get more authentic that this.
  • If you love the smell of fresh pine, look no further.
  • You help support local farmers who grow these. The majority of these trees are locally grown and are cut from sustainable sources. By purchasing a real tree, you help keep these farmers in business.
  • Real trees can be recycled and are environmentally friendly.
  • You’ll have a one of a kind unique tree since there are no two that are the same.
  • Picking a tree can be a family tradition to kick start the holiday season.


  • Since the trees are real, you will have to deal with real bugs.
  • Pesticides to deal with the bugs. Some of these pesticides should not be used indoors and have been known to cause harmful effects on the nervous systems. So if you are going to buy a real tree, make sure to avoid those that have been treated with certain pesticides.
  • You will have to worry about shedding of the pine needles. If you are a lazy old sod... or someone who hates sweeping (who actually likes sweeping?) a real tree might not be ideal for you.

Now let’s move to fake... or faux... Christmas trees… Ohh la la


  • They’re convenient and durable. When you purchase a fake tree, these can last for years and years with the proper care.
  • They come in a range of prices. Making them more affordable.
  • Some can come already decorated. Talk about a lazy Christmas!
  • You can select from fun colors and variations of designs. If you want to be untraditional, you should probably go this route.
  • You don’t have to spend money each year to get a real tree. That means more prezzies!


  • Many are made with PVC which is known to emit dioxin during its production.
  • Many trees cannot be recycled, so this means you will be adding to the planet’s waste when you decide you want a new one.

Personally, if I had to make a decision, I would go with a real tree. While a fake tree is convenient, there are too many risks with them. The fake trees are definitely not kid-friendly and are not eco-friendly. Of course if you have no other choice (let’s say you’re allergic to pine) then by all means purchase a fake tree. Ultimately you need to balance which tree is best for you. Your home, personal situation, and financial situation are all determining factors as to which tree would be best for you.

Good luck making your choice this year! 


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