Ask This When Choosing Between a Real or Artificial Christmas Tree

Christmas trees are a staple in many households over the holidays, and if you're like many Americans, deciding between a real tree from a lot or an artificial tree is one of the biggest decisions you'll need to make when it comes to your Christmas tree. There are advantages to both options, but these days, more and more people are opting for artificial Christmas trees over fresh-cut trees, and with good reason. Unlike fresh Christmas trees, artificial trees can be viewed as a long-term investment that can save money over the years. Artificial trees will be even better options for the next several years because the prices of real Christmas trees are rising -- that's a result of tree farmers leaving the industry in the wake of the 2008 economic recession. In addition, artificial trees don't cause allergies, are more fire-retardant and are incredibly easy to set up, especially when opting for a pre-lit Christmas tree. If you're trying to decide between an artificial tree or a fresh-cut tree, keep reading to learn the top questions and answers, so you can decide if an artificial tree is right for you.

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Why are artificial trees considered safer?

Real, freshly-cut trees die and dry out fairly quickly, even with the best of care, and a dry tree can create a major fire hazard. While there are some things you can do to prolong the life of your tree, eventually all cut tress die and dry out. Artificial trees, on the other hand, are designed to be fire-retardant, and therefore safer to have in the home.

Do real trees cause allergies?

Many people who suffer from allergies experience an increase in allergy symptoms, including hives, when exposed to the tree for long periods of time, such as when the tree is in your home. This can be avoided by opting for an artificial Christmas tree.

What if I want more lights on my pre-lit tree?

You can always add more lights to your tree for more sparkle or variety. While many people enjoy pre-lit trees as they are, others prefer more lights or different colors than those that come on your tree. Adding lights to your pre-lit tree is harmless and simple. Just plug your new lights into the current set on your tree and you're done! 

What if I prefer the pine smell in my home that I get from a real tree?

People who still want that fresh pine smell but opt for an artificial tree can still get the scent through the use of candles, or even plug-in air fresheners placed near the tree. There are also several pine-scented artificial trees on the market, so you can easily enjoy the fresh pine scent without opting for a freshly-cut tree. 

How often will I need to replace my artificial tree?

If properly stored and cared for, your artificial tree can last you many years. Pre-lit trees may have bulbs die out after a few years, however, and lights may need to be replaced. However, putting a new set of lights on your tree is usually an easy and painless process.

Are artificial tress more environmentally friendly than real trees?

According to recent studies, neither option has a greater environmental impact. The difference in carbon footprint between the two was found to be negligible, so if you're environmentally conscious, both options would be a good fit for you. 

What are the benefits of choosing a pre-lit artificial tree?

No one likes trying to untangle the mess of lights that were haphazardly put away the year before, and even carefully-wrapped lights tend to quickly turn into a tangled mess once out of the box. Pre-lit tress avoid this hassle, and you can simply plug your tree in and enjoy.

Aren't artificial tress significantly more expensive than real trees?

The initial investment for a quality artificial tree can be significantly more than you'd spend at your local Christmas tree lot. However, since you'll be using your new artificial tree for years to come, the investment usually pays off within just a few short years. 

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