Featured Product: Artificial vs. Real Christmas Trees
Description:At Christmas time you of course have the option to buy/cut a fresh Christmas tree each year, or you can pull out your artificial tree.
Fresh cut Christmas trees come in many different varieties, most of which are fir trees (of which there are several types) but you can also find a spruce tree sometimes.
Artificial trees come in a range of sizes and appearances, and also come either lit or unlit.
Artificial Tree: Anywhere from $40 or $50 to a $1,000 (depends on the size and what you are looking for). The larger and more realistic looking the tree is, the more it is going to cost you.
Real Tree: Anywhere from $20 to $100 depending on the size and type. If you go to a little family tree lot then the trees aren't trimmed at all and you can find one for pretty cheap (it will look like you went and cut it yourself). If you go to a more commercial tree lot then all the trees are trimmed to look nice, but you will pay a lot more. If you cut it yourself you'll only need to pay the price for the cutting permit.
on the one hand......
Artificial trees are NICE! They can be put up earlier and stay up longer than real trees. Once you've made the big purchase you never have to buy another tree again. It's also convenient that you don't have to rush out to the store to get your tree up.
Real trees are NICE too! They make your house smell absolutely wonderful and they look so beautiful all lit up. They also offer a very homey feeling and going out with your family to choose a tree (either at a lot or to cut one down) is a nice family outing/tradition.
on the other hand.....
Artificial trees can look really FAKE. They don't smell good at all, so you'll have to settle for a scented candle. The set up can be really annoying year after year if it is a bit complicated, and storage can also be a problem.
Real trees have to be watered! And pine needles get scattered on your floor all month long. Plus, they are fire hazards!! They can't be put up as early or stay up as long as a fake tree. If you don't spend the big bucks at a lot you can get a tree that looks kind of sparse and is reminiscent of Charlie Brown. Overall you will be spending more year after year as well.
AND NOW.... cast your vote!!
Do you prefer a real tree or an artificial tree? Or, would you skip a tree all together?
And don't forget to tell us why!!