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Christmas tree controversy takes root!

January 15, 2015

Every year, the phenomenon repeats itself. Indeed, buying an artificial or a natural Christmas tree is an annual question and has been a universal tradition for more than 1000 years.

The Christmas tree, first called “giving tree” to make “everybody feel welcome“, then “holiday tree” and then “family trees”, finally remains “Christmas tree” in reference to Christian celebrations and traditions.

Nowadays, the Christmas tree has become a non-religious tradition shared by a lot of people all over the world. Reachable, the majority of households can buy its own Christmas Tree. But a touchy question remains: what to buy, artificial or natural?


The pros and cons of an artificial fir tree:

  • To begin with, an artificial tree prevents the floor from being overrun by fallen needles; and will enable you to relax and  not worry about vacuuming because your in-laws are coming.
  • Then, the unnatural tree has non negligible ecological advantages; indeed, you can use it several years in a row; its ecological print is less important than a real fir tree’s.


  • Nonetheless, this sort of tree presents some drawbacks: as it is a plastic tree, it does not have the rich fragrance of pine characterizing the real ones.
  • Moreover, its cost is twice superior to a natural tree…

But, contrary to what is commonly thought, not only does the natural tree have some perks but it also has disadvantages:

  • The first non negligible argument in favor of the real tree is that it spreads a rich scent of pine which brings a welcoming atmosphere in the house, then even if it costs less than an artificial one, the genuine one is more pleasant than the fake one.
  • The natural tree is moreover an ephemeral product which requires a specific organization; indeed, you need to plan when you buy it, not too early in order to keep it green the whole Christmas period; and then, when the tree is withered you cannot simply throw it in the trash, but you need to find an organic garbage.


Nevertheless, this list is not exhaustive and it might be interesting to consider a third option: What about considering a living, potted tree next Christmas?


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