Reason that real Christmas Trees are better and all the reasons to buy one

All the Reasons that You Should Buy a Real Christmas Tree & How to Care for It

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So, I am going to go out on a “limb” and make a declaration here. Real Christmas trees are the best things ever. Yes, they cost more money, are a hassle to clean up after and aren’t easy to transport. But, they are living and that’s part of what makes them special.

Here are all the reasons to buy a real Christmas tree and how to care for it. 

Reason that real Christmas Trees are better and all the reasons to buy one

According to reports, Americans, bought 26.2 million Christmas trees last year. And with many places on or facing movement restrictions like lockdowns, that number is only getting higher.

Now if getting a real Christmas tree is not in your budget, I get that. Don’t go breaking the back at my expense.

But, if you’re still on the fence about whether to get a real or fake Christmas tree, hang out with me a second. I’m going to hash out all the reasons that real Christmas trees rock and obviously why you should get one.

They Smell Good

If you have gotten a real Christmas tree then you know what I’m talking about. The scent of the right tree just enlivens your home and is a beautiful sign of the holiday season. And no, you can’t get that same scent from aisle 9 at Target. It’s just not the same.

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It’s a Great Excuse for a New Family Tradition

Every year, my family and I go out and pick the “perfect for us” Christmas tree. That is definitely our tradition. The kids look forward to bracing the chilly temperatures to help make the selection. Truth be told, I’m not sure what we will be doing once the kids are grown and gone. But these tree picking years are moments that I continue to treasure.

It Teaches Kids About Biology and Living Things

If your little people have never had the experience of a real tree then they won’t know where those trees come from. It’s similar to eating fresh fruits and vegetables. How is someone supposed to know that fruits and vegetables come from the earth if, they’ve never seen it for themselves and/or have only eaten produce from a can. Buy a real Christmas tree once and it’s something that your family will look forward to every year.

No Off Gassing

Artificial trees especially older ones are brimming with chemicals like PVC plastics that release dioxins over time. Last time I checked, dioxin was a toxic chemical linked with everything from skin rashes to cancer. It’s just not as healthy.

Buying from Local Tree Farms Supports American Businesses

Most artificial trees in the US (about 85% of them) come from China. On the other hand, buying a real Christmas tree supporters American tree farms and as a result American families.

No Storage No Problem

Since real Christmas trees get replaced every year, there is no need to find room for storage of that tree.

Items You May Need for the Christmas Tree

Tree Expert from Trees.com (Scott Diffenderfer) Adds these Tips

What should people look for when buying a real Christmas tree?

The Fresher the better! It's important to be sure your tree is fresh-cut. If possible, go to a "cut your own" Christmas tree farm. If you get a tree delivered or shipped to your home, try to find out if it's sent as soon as it's cut. You do not want a tree that's been cut 2 or 3 weeks before you buy it. Fresh cut trees will last longer and provide an aroma that adds to your Christmas pleasure too.

What kind of tree should I buy?

There is a top 10 list for everything and Christmas trees are no exception. Short, stout needles and sturdy branches are perfect when you are hanging decorations. Trees such as balsam fir, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, white spruce, Norway spruce, and Scots pine are tried and true selections. If you prefer a softer-needled tree, the white pine is a good choice but keep in mind this is a softer tree and the needles are not as sturdy as those previously mentioned, as the limbs tend to bend or "weep" when weighted down. Something else to note - White pine is not as aromatic as the other trees.

What other tips do you have for tree care?

The single most important consideration for the care and longevity of your tree is water. The second and third most important tips are water, too! When you get your tree home, cut about ½" of the trunk off and get it in the stand as soon as possible. Keeping the vascular system of the tree open is the only way water will get into the tree, and if you let the water dry up, these bundles will close, and the water will stop moving into the tree. Check the tree daily by bending a needle or two, if the needle is flexible and moves without breaking all is well, if the needle snaps when you bend it, the tree has dried out. This means you could have a significant fire hazard, not to mention a mess when you take the tree down. Lights can add to the problem of drying due to the heat they emit, but the newer LED lights reduce this issue. LED's also reduce fire hazard.

What is the best way to dispose of a tree?

Hopefully, you can dispose of your tree by recycling. Many communities set aside a day for this and have a tree chipper available that will turn the trees into woodchip mulch. If not and you burn wood, use the tree as kindling and fuel. Some other ideas include using the tree as a bird sanctuary or to create a shelter for fish. These ideas are not always practical but if you have a location where this is permitted then it may be worth considering.

If you purchase a live tree (usually it comes as ball and burlap – B&B, or in a container) you can plant your tree after the holidays are over. If you decide to take this route, its always wise to consider the temperature and site when you will plant the tree. Be sure the tree is acclimated to the temperature it will be planted in, if you live in colder climates, it is best to hold the tree until spring and then plant (this can be done by placing the tree in the garage during the dormant season). Keep in mind it will still be necessary to water the tree occasionally during this period.

Original 12/4/17 Updated: 11/2019 Updated 11/21/2020

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