Kenneth Borycz ‘18:  It’s that time of year again, the most wonderful time of the year, it’s Christmas! Snow is beginning to fall, several great memories begin to form with friends and family and the suspense is building to see gifts under the tree.

Where are the gifts placed? Under an artificial tree or a real tree? Is that even a question?

The Germans originally put up Christmas trees in the 16th century. However, the commercialization of real trees in the United states started around 1850.

Real Christmas trees bring out the festiveness of the season. Many complain of the upkeep, but it remains relatively easy: all one needs is a tree stand, to water the tree, and a broom.

The trees also offer a wonderful pine scent, and help in regards to health. The tree intakes carbon dioxide and other harmful greenhouse gases and converts it into oxygen, filling your home with clean air.

Aside from the health and aesthetically pleasing benefits, real trees can be traced back as a part of family traditions for decades. Families pile in the car and drive off to there local tree farms to cut down trees and spend time together during the holidays.

“I prefer real trees,” Brooke Celusnak ‘18 said. “It’s our tradition that my family goes out and cuts it down. It means a lot more than going and buying one in the store.”

Real Christmas tree farms help the economy as well. Annually the Christmas tree farm industry employs approximately 100,000 people. In 2012, the industry sold around 24.5 million farm grown trees; making it a billion dollar industry.

When purchasing a tree this year, think of the years to come. Think of the soon-to-be traditions, and several health benefits that stem from a farm grown tree. The self-replenishing trees make for a perfect decoration piece this holiday season.

Sources:

http://www.hintsandthings.co.uk/spareroom/artificialtrees.htm

http://www.realchristmastrees.org/dnn/Education/Fake-Trees

http://www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas-trees

http://extension.illinois.edu/trees/facts.cfm

 

Kayla Yax ’18: Around this time each year the Christmas festivities begin. Bright colorful lights strung onto houses, Christmas music blasts on the radio and trees spring up in living rooms across America, but many families face a similar dilemma; a real tree or a fake one?

Let me start by saying a real tree is great, nothing fills a person with more holiday spirit each year than cutting down and paying for a tree, lugging it home, putting it into a stand, watering it every day for a month or so, and cleaning up pine needles until February. Don’t get me wrong, they’re pretty and fill your house with a fresh pine scent that you can’t replicate, but in reality, for many busy households, a real tree is another chore to add to the list.

A fake tree is clearly the way to go for those that can’t put time aside for the extra maintenance a real tree requires. They’re an overall better investment. They’re low maintenance, not requiring anything except for a nice spot in your living room, easier to put up and break down, offer you more design options, and last for years.

The average cost of a pre-lit artificial Christmas tree is about $100 and save the consumer about 70% ($350) over a decade; the average lifespan of a fake tree. This means instead of putting more money towards a tree every year, it’s spent on other things like gifts, decorations and maybe something for yourself instead.

A fake tree also has almost no maintenance involved and assembly is a snap, leaving you more time to hang up your favorite decorations. They also give you more design options because they come in all different colors, sizes, and shapes. A great option for those who like to get creative rather than go the more traditional route. If you want a bright purple Christmas tree, then why not?

Fake trees help those with pollen allergies and asthma. A real tree is more likely to give problems to those with severe asthma or allergies, as they track in loads of pollen and other allergens that cause problems.

When it comes to deciding what type of tree to get for your home, a fake tree is a no hassle, clean, and an efficient option for the holidays.  A fake tree saves you money, time, and any unneeded stress that this time of year already brings enough of.

Sources:

https://www.aol.com/2011/12/09/cost-of-christmas-are-live-trees-or-artificial-the-better-deal/

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