Have you ever been invited to a friend, family member, or neighbor's house for a holiday gathering, around Christmas time, only to bear witness to an artificial tree looming in a distant corner of their living room? To someone who has deep founded childhood memories revolving around the near sacred tradition of accompanying your family to the nearest tree farm, cutting down the finest evergreen, adorning it with hand-me-down ornaments from years past, and watering it relentless, this display may come across as nothing short of holiday blasphemy.

Whether people like it or not, however, artificial Christmas trees are around, thriving, and won't be going away any time soon (so long as there are people who are willing to buy them). For some, the choice between whether or not to purchase a live Christmas tree, or an artificial Christmas tree, may be a simple one that has been decided months in advance of this global phenomena of a holiday. For others, this choice may hinge on a variety of factors that can elicit a great deal of confusion, uncertainty, and indecisiveness as Christmas approaches. Either way, your Christmas tree choice and decision have to be right for you, and your family, in order to best enjoy it.

Things You Will Need

  • a Christmas Tree Stand
  • a Saw (to cut down a natural tree)

Step 1

In this first step, you will want to evaluate where exactly it is that you live. The major boom in artificial Christmas tree sales have been a direct result of people's actual access to viable natural Christmas tree farms, among many other factors. For people who live in a city, such as New York or Philadelphia, the reality of having a natural Christmas tree may be inhibited by one's own ability to acquire one, as well as, transport it. In situations such as this, outside of having the resources to import the massive Rockerfeller Center tree, doing so for most people would be incredibly impractical.

For those who live in the suburbs of a major metropolitan area, or in the 'country', the reality of having a live natural Christmas tree may increase significantly. As you can see, some people may have no other choice but to acquire an artificial Christmas tree. This doesn't necessarily mean that the spirit of the season has died, or is in some ways fabricated. Instead, an artificial Christmas tree may, in fact, be a family's only practical way of acquiring one.

Step 2

Wherever items of nature are found, allergies could very well be lingering behind. While some people may not consider it, some people do have natural allergies or sensitivities to live Christmas trees. In this step, you will have to determine if you, or anyone in your family, have allergies to live Christmas trees. Even if you do have allergies, they may not be so severe as to keep you from purchasing a natural Christmas tree and bringing it into your own home. On the other side of the coin, a natural Christmas tree could trigger severe allergic reactions that may cause your holiday to turn into a festival of teary and reddened eyes, excessive nose running, and coughs. For many, this isn't an ideal state for celebrating such a beloved holiday season.

Step 3

If the previous two steps of this article haven't disqualified your intentions to purchase either a natural live Christmas tree or an artificial tree, money may very well be an issue that directly affects your Christmas holiday celebration. While you can certainly have a fun-filled Christmas, full of tremendous family bonding, even without spending alot of money, purchasing a natural tree will incur you an expense year after year. On the other hand, an artificial Christmas tree only has to be purchased once, and can be re-used year after year. With exception to any desire to upgrade your artificial tree, you really don't ever have to purchase a new one just so long as you take good care of it and store it appropriately in your cellar or attic.

Step 4

If you go to a Christmas tree farm, on your own or with your family, you will be able to choose from a variety of natural Christmas trees that range in height and width. Not everyone has a very spacious living room or display area for their tree, therefore, it is important that you assess this area and make a mental image of the size of tree that would fit in that particular space. While not everyone will have to operate and purchase under such stringent measurement confinements, this may very well be the case.

More oftentimes than not, artificial Christmas trees can be found in varying sizes in any near by store like Wal-mart or K-mart.

Step 5

While natural Christmas trees bring a natural holiday scent, this scent is not without its own requirements for cleaning and upkeep as evergreen needles will fall within the vicinity of the tree. This will occur throughout ever stage of transport, on to moving the tree into your house and into it's stand. With artificial Christmas trees, you will not encounter this issue, however, unless you light a scented candle nearby, you just wont be able to achieve the natural fresh scent that a live Christmas tree will offer.

There are clearly many variables that should be taken into consideration when you are deciding whether or not to purchase a live natural Christmas tree or an artificial Christmas tree. For some, the decision may be easy as a natural tree may have had a long lived tradition within the confines of your family holiday celebration. To others, purchasing a live Christmas tree may adversely affect you or your family through increased allergies, or it may just be flat-out impractical to own one where you live.

Whatever type of tree you ultimately decide to purchase, however, try your hardest to not forget the true meaning of the season. Fun and laughter can still be had regardless of what type of tree actually adorns your living room. With gifts and decorations, many times, it is relatively easy to pass an artificial tree off as a natural tree anyways.

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