With the number of different Christmas trees available you may get a little stumped. Maybe you have considered switching from fake to real or vise versa to try something new or would like a more convenient option. There are pros and cons for each option so it is best to carefully consider this before you take the plunge.
The variety of coniferous trees available are quite broad so it is best to choose something that appeals to you. The size of the tree, shape of the needles, scent and fullness vary between each type so it may take research and time to find a family favourite. Some of the most popular trees that you can find at pretty much any tree lot are Fraser Fir, Douglas fir and Balsam fir. I do recommend that you make sure you buy your tree from a renewable source and dispose of it properly so that it doesn't just end up at the land fill.
Real Tree Pros
- One of a kind
- Scent fills your home
- Natural and renewable. Will decompose naturally
- Very small carbon footprint
- Some cities will do a free tree pick up after Christmas
Real Tree Cons
- Inconvenient, a new one must be bought each year
- Requires more work to set up
- Requires watering
- Needles will die and fall off and will require clean up
Artificial trees come in any size, colour, shape, fullness and price point. Some can be hung from the ceiling to turn your Christmas upside down and most come with a string of lights already attached. The colour of the tree can match your Christmas scheme.
Artificial Tree Pros
- Easy set up
- Once bought you can reuse it year after year
- No bare spots
- Each branch has a flexible wire that can be moved and shaped
Artificial Tree Cons
- Non renewable sources
- Made from plastic that will not decompose
- No scent
- Larger carbon footprint
If the appeal for a fake or real tree is not quite there, you can always step outside the box and set up a different and unique tree. Use items from around the house to create a tree shape. String lights, stack boxes or build a pallet tree, just use your imagination.
Word of the Day: Tree Crown
The head or foliage of a tree or shrub. Form or shape of a tree.