Real vs Artificial Christmas Trees


Judith Boyadjian

Every year near when nearing the end of November, Christmas trees start to become a popular topic that people start to think about. Some cherish the smell of a real tree and the tradition of taking it home, while others prefer the plastic variety that is less of a hassle. But which is the most beneficial out of the two?

The average price for an artificial tree is $104. They are estimated to last six to nine years. These factors can be most useful for certain families, bearing in mind that long term it can save money. The trees are made of plastic that is coated with PVC, a fire-resistant that is handy since it can prevent the trees from igniting, an element that live trees do not have.

Unlike artificial trees, the cost of purchasing a real tree has recently reached its all time high. The average cost for a real tree according to MarketWatch is $78, the price has been rising at a steady pace of 4% in the past years. Financially, this is not in anyone’s best interest keeping in mind that it will be about $81.12 by next Christmas. Over time, the money that you would spend on a real tree will compound and end up costing much more than a fake one. The trees also require much more maintenance than an artificial tree. This includes having to clean the dead needles that fall off of the tree.  You may also risk sparking fires from close proximity to the heat of the lights hanging on them. Real trees cam also flare up hidden allergies that wont be pleasant to deal with during the holidays. 

Considering the facts and statistics, the best choice of the two would be purchasing an artificial tree. An artificial tree is better financially and is a safer alternative. They last longer and are less of an inconvenience when having to decipher whether or not they will fit in your home.