• Jenn Kalchik

Should you Purchase a Real or Fake Christmas Tree?

Growing up, our family Christmas traditions always involved taking our fake Christmas tree out of storage along with our other Christmas decorations. My siblings and I grew up with horrible seasonal allergies, and Christmas trees always set off my allergies, whether I touched them or was in the same room as them. I love the idea of having a real Christmas tree, but I know it makes more sense for me to invest in a fake Christmas tree. However, I know other people prefer having real Christmas trees in their homes. Check out the pros and cons of purchasing either a real Christmas tree or a fake Christmas tree:

Fake Christmas Trees

You can reuse a fake Christmas tree year after year.

You want to look at the quality of the fake Christmas tree in order to make it a long-lasting investment. A good, fake Christmas tree purchased once should be able to last 7-9 years. In order to see the benefits for the environment by purchasing a fake Christmas tree, you need to keep it for at least five years.

Easier to purchase if you can't purchase a real Christmas tree locally

Christmas trees don't grow everywhere. Not every region in the world has the same climate that can support growing Christmas trees. It might make more sense to purchase a fake Christmas tree rather than dealing with the hassle of shipping in a real Christmas tree.


For anyone that's allergy-prone [like me], it would make more sense to purchase a fake Christmas tree rather than a real one. Real Christmas trees carry the risk of bringing whatever may be outside (allergens, bugs, etc.) inside. This is good to keep in mind for animals too if they don't normally venture outside, like cats, and you don't want them exposed to whatever could come with a Christmas tree.

Safer for Christmas decorations

Fake Christmas trees are made in mind to support Christmas decorations like lights, ornaments, and garlands. The weight of decorations can affect a real Christmas tree, and eventually, make it appear more droopy over time. In addition, if you're decorating a tree with Christmas lights, it's safer to use a fake Christmas tree because they are not as much of a fire hazard as real Christmas trees since they don't dry out.

Real Christmas Trees


For some families, they keep it an annual tradition to go together to pick out a Christmas tree for the holidays.

Supporting local farmers

There are farmers, like my dad, that grow food, and there are some farmers that grow trees. Where I grew up, there were farmers that grew Christmas trees in addition to other crops. If you normally purchase a real Christmas tree, you're supporting local farmers and the local economy.

The smell

I don't care if Christmas trees set off my allergies, nothing can beat the smell of trees. While I can't have a real Christmas tree in my home, I love going to homes where they have real Christmas trees to enjoy the smell of them.

Easy to dispose of

Real Christmas trees are much easier to dispose of when they have overstayed their welcome. Some cities have special drop-off sites or pick-up days for real Christmas trees. Trees can also be used for firewood if you have a wood-burning stove. Some zoos even use Christmas trees as food or items for their animals to play with! Here are some other ideas for repurposing a Christmas tree.

Comment below with what your preference is regarding Christmas trees!

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