Real Christmas trees are worth the effort


Cameron Gibson, Media & Online Chief

During the holiday season, there are two types of people: those who choose to get a real Christmas tree and those who do not. If you have never had a real Christmas tree, you should consider getting one this holiday season.

One of the main reasons people choose to get a real Christmas tree is because it is a family tradition. Each year, many families go to a tree farm to buy a live tree or cut one down themselves. This can be fun for everyone and adds an extra layer of tradition.
Another benefit to having a real Christmas tree is the smell it produces. Having a Christmas tree in your home will often leave the area it is in smelling very good. This is something that those who buy an artificial tree will not experience. This small but significant quality of having a live tree adds one more aspect to the sensory experiences of the holiday season.
Although many people may not think about it, buying a live tree is also healthier for the environment. At the end of the season, these trees can be thrown out and recycled without causing any harm to the environment. Even though you are likely to get many years of use out of an artificial tree, they are still plastic and non-recyclable.
Buying a live Christmas tree is a fun and worthwhile experience, but buyers should know that it does come with some downsides. To begin, buying live Christmas trees can be more expensive. Live trees will also need to be watered. Finally, you will have to sweep under a live tree as it will drop some of its needles.
With all of this said, live Christmas trees are still worth the effort. Although they may take a bit more work, they offer a fun tradition that you would not be able to get otherwise.