Comparing Real and Artificial Christmas Trees

By: Dillon Benson 

     The debate between decorating for Christmas with a real or artificial tree has a long and interesting history. According to , 1882 is when people first started decorating, what we call, “real” Christmas trees. This is when Edward H. Johnson patented the use of electric lights on a string to decorate a tree. Although decorating real trees has been around for a while now, before that artificial trees were common. According to Wikipedia, “These first trees were wooden, tree-shaped pyramids lit by candles. They were developed in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, by the German Moravian Church in 1747.” Artificial trees were used long before real trees became popular… 

     The Squire recently held a poll on The Squire’s Instagram page asking their followers whether they preferred real or artificial trees. After a day of students voting, the results were in. Out of  the responders, 46 people voted that their family prefers a real tree while the other 55 people voted that their family prefers fake trees. While the competition was close, it appears that nowadays people would prefer to have an artificial tree rather than a real tree. My family’s preference every year is a real tree. We make a tradition of going to a tree farm, cut down our own tree and bring it home. However, every family’s preference is different due to whatever they think looks better or fits their home the best.  

     There are many pros to having a real tree, but there are also multiple down falls. Some people like having a real tree in their house because it looks nice, but there are also many needles from the tree that fall off. For example, The Squire interviewed Eisenhower senior, Morgan Kellogg, and she said, “If I had to choose, I’d probably choose a fake tree because they are cleaner and easier to maintain during Christmas time.” So, you can see people sometimes just do not want to deal with the mess of a real tree.  

     Another reason someone might want a real tree is because they want their house to smell like a tree farm. However, that smell comes with a down fall, as says that “not every single tree on the lot is full of bugs, but there’s still a chance that up to 25,000 bugs are living in a single Christmas tree.” There are families that may not want to risk the chance of bringing that many bugs into their house. 

     Having a fake tree also has many pros and extraordinarily little downfalls. Having a real tree, you must drag it into your house and make a giant mess, while having a fake tree makes no mess at all. The effort it takes to assemble an artificial tree is less than the effort to drag a real tree into your house. For example, when The Squire asked Morgan about a pro of having this type of tree, she said, “Fake trees are easier to maintain and are very easy to assemble.”  

     In addition to that, an artificial tree is a good financial decision, as you pay a certain amount for that tree one time, while a real tree requires you to pay for a new one every year. Buying a real tree every year adds up over time, as. explains that “the average cost of real Christmas tree in PA is $73.” If you think about it you could pay the $73 once and have an artificial tree for multiple years, while buying a real tree you pay that amount every year.  

     Overall, there are multiple pros and cons to having either type of tree. With the information we provided, there seem to be a few more pros in favor of an artificial tree, although both trees help to make Christmas extra special. It just depends on what you prefer. The next time you are deciding what kind of tree you want, remember The Squire’s helpful pros and cons list.  

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