By Lauren Combs | Journalist
There’s no denying that real Christmas trees have the best aesthetics – whether it’s picking them out on the farm, driving them to your house on the roof of your car, smelling the evergreen scent in your home. . Still, are the aesthetics worth the upkeep?
The tradition of decorating Christmas trees dates back to the Middle Ages, according to an article in Time. However, the use of fake Christmas trees didn’t become popular until the 1960s, and since then a popular debate in households around Christmas has been whether to buy a real or a fake tree. Although it is a difficult decision, fake Christmas trees reign supreme because of their practicality, despite the aesthetics of real trees.
Real trees not only need watering, but they also drop sap and needles everywhere, requiring daily vacuuming sessions. Plus, have you ever noticed a rash on your hands or a constant stuffy nose after putting your Christmas tree up? This is probably because you are allergic to spruce, fir, pine or cedar and the molds they could carry. According to an article from the Advanced Sinus and Allergy Center, 7% of the population is allergic to Christmas trees, which is about 553 million people, more than the number of people living in the United States.
Plus, most families don’t realize that there is a right and wrong way to get rid of Christmas trees. “More importantly, each [tree] contains about 20 pounds of carbon dioxide which warms the planet, it eliminates[s] of the atmosphere during its lifetime. And once the carbon is out of the air, you want to avoid putting it back, ”Charlie Wood said in a Popular Science article. Carbon dioxide returns to the atmosphere when trees are burned or are found in landfill. Fake trees, although they produce more carbon dioxide initially during their manufacture, are more environmentally friendly because you can reuse them for years to come.
On a less serious note, nostalgic or family ornaments are more likely to shatter if hung from a real tree because there is no way to manipulate the curve of the branches. Due to the internal wiring, tree ornaments and crowns are more secure on a false tree because you can bend the branches upwards.
Fake trees also save time, energy and money, as a trip to the attic is much less labor and annual commitment than buying a real tree. Don’t worry though. You can still achieve the same Christmas spirit, the same family bonding moment, and the same cozy vibes with a fake tree.