My husband and I always get a live Christmas tree that we plant in our yard. We have only lost one tree in 36 years. It’s really fun to watch them grow. The first year we were married we got a live/cut tree and it was very dry about a week after we got it. My vote goes for real trees! The best way to water live trees that you plant is with ice cubes.
We have surpassed Thanksgiving. Now it is finally acceptable to enjoy anything Christmas.
Since K and I now live together we had the very adult discussion about artificial vs. real Christmas trees. K’s family has historically gone with real trees, while my family has pretty much always went the fake route.
From an environmental standpoint which is better?
Our Michigan grown Fraser Fir
Both have their own pros and cons.
Artificial Tree Pros
- Don’t have to buy a new tree year after year, cheap
- Convenience: can come pre-lit, no needles
Artificial Tree Cons
- Will eventually be disposed of in a landfill
- Not made from environmentally friendly or recyclable materials (such as PVC)
- Most likely made in China (guessing here)
Real Tree Pros
- Can be composted and mulched up
- Local, grown in the USA
- Bolsters local, small business economies
- Smells awesome
Real Tree Cons
- Water, land, and resources used on Christmas tree farms
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