The Great Christmas Tree Debate: Is Real Vs. Fake Better for Your Family?

christmas treeWhen it comes to selecting the perfect Christmas tree, each family is different. For some, it's almost necessary that you get an eight-foot spruce to fill that big empty space behind the living room sofa. For others, small-scale living means a short, wide tree is perfect. But there's one thing that families across the nation most certainly disagree on: real trees vs. fake ones.

According to our sister site The Prowl, 72 percent of moms are choosing fake trees this year -- mine included. Years and years ago when my brother and I went off to college, it wasn't practical for my parents to tackle the whole tree farm/ chop down the tree gig solo. Instead, both of them opted for fake fabulous models from Home Depot (Believe it or not, they both really do look real) and never looked back.

So what are the pros and cons about opting for fake over real trees? Read on to find out:


Pro: A fake tree doesn't drop needles like your real tree. Well, depending how long you own him for. (Also, the Christmas trees I deal with are clearly male.)

Con: Fake trees don't have that amazing pine smell. (*Subtext to this, you could always snag yourself a Yankee Candle Car Jar and hide it nearby.)

Pro: It's a one-time expense. Is it just me, or does it seem like the price of freshly cut trees goes up exponentially each year? For the same price as some freshly cut trees, you could buy a fake one to last you for at least 10 years.

Con: You lose the experience of doing it yourself. If you have kiddos, I'd say this is a major bummer. Because let's be honest, there's just something special about setting aside that one day to go get the tree, sip on hot chocolate, and cheer when the saw goes all the way through and the kids yell, "Timber!"

Pro: You still have the same in-house decorating experience. Even better, you don't have to let the tree sit outside to "fall" delaying the whole thing. With a fake tree, it's as easy as taking it out of the storage box, plugging in the lights, and voila!

Do you and your family choose a real tree or a fake one?


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