By Heather Short
As soon as the hoopla from Thanksgiving is over, the tune in the air turns to the sounds of Christmas carols. Some families put up their annual Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, and others choose different days. No matter what day, families work together to haul out their bins of decorations. Children open the boxes of ornaments and families reminisce about the meaning behind particular Christmas tree ornaments. There are often years-old family traditions behind putting up and decorating a Christmas tree, but, of course, it all begins with the tree itself. This is where many face the great debate: Do you buy a real or faux Christmas tree?
There is no right or wrong way to choose a Christmas tree for your family, as each family has different preferences. There are many reasons why different types of trees, both real and faux, work out perfectly for the season. Christmas is not about what’s under the tree or even what type of tree you choose, it is about who is around it with you to celebrate the magic of the holidays.Faux
Some families opt to invest in a faux Christmas tree. This gives families the ability to have a perfect tree year after year. They are relatively easy to assemble and can also be stored effortlessly. For many, the general appeal of having a faux Christmas tree is the lack of cleanup after the holidays.
Another reason why faux trees are popular is because people tend to grow frustrated with the amount of tree needles they have to clean up out of the carpet and get sucked up into a vacuum.
More important than the ease of cleanup, faux trees are a great option for those physically unable to go out to purchase a real tree. Small, faux trees offer the elderly or disabled the ability to have a Christmas tree they otherwise might not be able to get themselves. Some families choose an artificial tree due to allergies as well.
On the other side of the spectrum are the die-hard fans of real Christmas trees. Many families have traditions of going to a tree farm, finding the perfect evergreen and cutting it down themselves. It’s the adventure of walking through rows of trees that many people find so appealing.
Fundraising groups find success selling real Christmas trees during the holidays. While the groups don’t run a tree farm, they still give the public an opportunity to choose a tree perfect for their family.
The most popular reason why real Christmas trees are a holiday favorite? The smell! No matter what kind of candle you buy or how much holiday baking you do, nothing seems to beat that fresh cut Christmas tree scent that lingers throughout the home. When guests walk through the front door and smell that unmistakable pine scent, they just know it’s Christmastime.