Do you prefer real or artificial Christmas trees?

There always seems to be one debate that arises during the holiday season: artificial versus real Christmas trees.

Since 79 percent of American homes display Christmas trees, it can be a very heated debate. Artificial trees are taking the lead accounting for 80 percent of the trees in American homes, NPR reported.

Artificial trees are also bringing in a lot of money. In the first nine months of 2014 $137.5 million worth of artificial trees were shipped to the United States to China, the article stated.

But organizations such as the National Christmas Tree Association have data that shows 25 to 30 million natural Christmas trees are bought each year.

When analyzing the arguments, it’s a toss up in determining the advantages and disadvantages. NPR reports:

Each tree group argues that its offering is more popular and more economical and possesses qualities that are beneficial to the environment, the economy and personal health. Some real trees can be replanted; some artificial trees last for years.

Relying on tradition may be another reason for choosing either an artificial or real tree.

Today’s Question: Do you prefer real or artificial Christmas trees?

  • kevins

    Real, but only if I can get out and cut it myself,

  • Maryann

    Artificial. I wish my reasons were selfless and had to do with the damage and waste that may result from tree farming. But they’re not. I like artificial greens because they don’t set off my allergies and asthma, they don’t have to be hauled home in bad weather, they’re easy to decorate, and they don’t have to be watered.

  • Yanotha Twangai

    Artificial, because I much prefer hauling it up out of my basement to the hassle of trying to find a real one at this busy time of year.

  • Tom

    I don’t find them to be remotely representative of the same tradition when the one begins outside in the cold dry air then is strapped to your car and watered daily once inside… and has a depth of lore in the cutting down (in my case shivering in the frigid air each year among a small forest of decapitations while deciding the height and price and needle length). But then once you’ve been in the desert on Christmas you realize there needs to be an alternative approach. The artificial tree is more like a Christmas tree ornament; stored carefully in a box and appearing exactly the same each year except for wear, like some kind of old friend.

  • Ralphy

    I prefer a locally grown tree with its natural imperfections and aroma over a perfect plastic replica made in China.