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

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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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wamom223 wamom223

We have a fake one now and when my son is older we will go out and cut one down.  I had both growing up so I want  my son to have the best of both worlds.  I just hate it when people who are short on money have their kids go every year without a tree because they only like real one's but can't afford a real one.  I think its more important to let a kid get into the magic of decorating a tree rather than what kind of tree it is.  Before fake tree's were common place my mom got us some pretty crazy 'Charlie Brown' growing up when we were poor and we loved our tree no matter how it looked.

Megan... MeganJune03

Fake for us.  The hubs is severely allergic to the real ones.  He found out the hard way from when he was little and his family would have a real tree every year. Kinda glad he is because all I had was a fake tree.  I wouldn't want the mess of a real one.



Only real will do for me.

nekoy... nekoyukidoll

fake but my mom and dad hate it (all the lights busted on ours) and plan to either get a new one or a real one next year.  They want to get a real one mainly for my nephew; we go to a local tree farm here and cut them down.

Chana... Chanandler.Bong

We do both. The kids and I can't wait longer than the first week if thanksgiving, so we put our fake tree up super early. That one has the homemade ornaments, the mismatched decorations, and the multicolored lights on it,  and it resides in the kids play room. Then, a few weeks before Christmas, we get the real tree for the family room, with matching ornaments and white lights. Everyone gets what they want, and our house screams Christmas! 

manda... mandaschelle

Fake prelit 6 footer purchased on clearance 5 years ago for $40

It's more than paid for itself and I get the smelly sticks if I'm wanting it more "authentic"

johnn... johnny4ever

Fake but I want a real one

teach... teacherchick77

I live in Oregon, a couple blocks from a tree farm and my dad actually grows Christmas trees on his property. So it would be blasphemous for us to ever have a fake one! Or even buy one pre-cut. That being said, when the kids are gone, I could see us going the lazy route.

RADmomma RADmomma

We have a fake tree now but once my youngest is a little older well get a real tree

elasmimi elasmimi

We had real for years, but changed to fake a while back.

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