Christmas Trees Real vs Artificial

Christmas Trees: Real vs. Artificial

With Thanksgiving shortly approaching, Christmas decorations are probably the last thing on your mind. Before you know it, however, the turkey will have been eaten, you’ll be out of your food coma and it will be time to put up your Christmas tree!  The question is then, should you get a real or artificial tree?

Deciding between a real and artificial Christmas tree is a matter of personal preference. Take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of both to decide which is best for you and your home.


Tradition plays a big role for those who prefer a real Christmas tree. If you spent your childhood picking out a new tree each year, it’s likely that you’ll want to continue the tradition. Others simply like the idea of having a real Christmas tree in their home and love that fresh-pine scent. A real pine tree just instantly makes a room smell like Christmas!

While an evergreen tree might be the “real deal,” there are also several disadvantages for choosing to go this route. Having to buy a new tree each year can get expensive and transporting the tree can be a hassle. Real trees are also messier because pine needles will fall to the ground so you’ll have to vacuum more frequently to keep the area clean.


The biggest disadvantage of having an artificial tree is that it won’t smell like pine needles. However, the benefits of artificial trees solve many of the problems that come with having a real one. Overall, artificial trees are cheaper. While you might have to spend a bigger amount for the tree, you can reuse it every year afterward. They don’t make a mess or require you to do any major hauling. All you have to do is put the tree together!

Another advantage of artificial trees is that there are options. You can get a fake tree that looks real, but you can also choose something that is more unique. There are now many different colors and designs of Christmas trees to choose from, which gives you the opportunity to put some unique touches on your traditional holiday décor.

All-in-all, deciding on the right Christmas tree is all part of the Christmas Spirit!  And that is all you truly need!

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Wendy Weinert

Wendy Weinert is an HGTV addict and avid DIYer. When not working on a craft project, as an interior design blogger and enthusiast, she is passionately helping people beautify their environment by providing insightful advice and inspiration.