Christmas Trees – Real or Fake?

A Christmas tree farm in Iowa, United States.

A Christmas tree farm in Iowa, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve had the debate numerous times with people about which is a more environmentally sound option, a real or a fake Christmas Tree and I have always believed that a real Christmas tree is the obvious choice.

I think some of the confusion comes from the fact that people don’t understand that there are Christmas Tree farms where the trees are grown for the specific intention of cutting them down for use at Christmas time. As the link to the story will tell you, it is actually beneficial to the environment to have these tree farms. I guess some people think that companies just drive around in remote area’s looking for Christmas trees growing wild to cut down.

Farmers do not cut down all of their trees at once so they always have trees in various stages of growth, this is beneficial to us as it serves as a wildlife habitat and helps to cleanse the air we breathe.

With all the new fake trees coming on the market it will be tougher and tougher for people to decide on a real tree but really, can you ever compare a fake tree to a real tree?  There is just something about them, that awesome smell of a real tree that you just can’t duplicate.

Of course, make sure the tree you are buying is coming from a local farm. If it has had to travel thousands of miles on the back of a truck to get here you have just upped the carbon footprint of that tree.  Also, make sure you have LED lights on that tree!

Check out this story if you are still undecided about which way to go,  I for one sure hope you decide to forgo that fake tree and buy a beautiful real tree!

http://www.oforest.ca/files/Real_Xmas_Trees_2012.pdf     If you cannot click on this link, copy and paste the link into your browser,

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