The great debate has begun around here as we are all itching to decorate for Christmas. Should we have a fake tree or a live tree?
And we are going to make a decision the week we return from Texas. Can you help us decide?
Benefits of a Fake Tree
My whole life we had a fake tree. Then when I got out on my own, I purchased my own pre-lit fake tree. It was awesome!
No detangling light strands. No rearranging the light strands to make sure there were no holes. Just pop it up, plug it in and decorate.
That is, until a bulb went out and shut down a whole section of the tree lights. Or when I wanted white lights instead of color or vice versa.
And storing it was a pain. Getting it back in the box was always a trial. (My grandmother finds it such a chore, she leaves hers up all year in one of her extra rooms.) But then we could put it in storage and forget about it for the rest of the year.
Benefits of a Real Tree
There is nothing quite like the smell of a real tree. And not being pre-lit you can change the light colors as often as you’d like.
Not to mention, purchasing your live tree from the Boy Scouts of America is a great way to support the local troops in your area. (My little cousin is a Boy Scout, we purchased our tree from him last year.)
And storing it…not necessary. We just drag it out to the street when we are done and the trash collectors pick it up. Easy, peasy! Although we do have to store the tree stand we purchased last year, but that is much smaller than a Christmas Tree in a box.
The Cost of a Christmas Tree
I believe the one time cost of a real or fake Christmas tree is the about same. Obviously, there are cheaper ones or more expensive ones.
But over time, the real trees are going to cost more. I don’t see any way around this. Do you? Simply because you must purchase a new tree every year. And I don’t believe you have to replace fake trees very often. Am I wrong?
I suppose if you are looking at it from a money only perspective, the fake tree makes the most sense. But I am so drawn to having a real tree again this year.
Tell me about your Christmas Tree and why you chose a real or fake tree? We are going to put a tree up the week after Thanksgiving so I have to make a decision soon.