Is A Real Christmas Tree Right For You?

There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh pine filling your home during the holiday season, and a real Christmas tree can do that better than any candle or air freshener.  Having a real tree is a tradition for many families, but if you haven’t had one before and are considering it, there are a few things you should know before you take it on.

Real Trees, Real Mess

A real tree can make a bit of a mess in your home—you will have to vacuum up the dropped needles regularly.  You will also have to keep fresh water in the tree stand and watch out for leaks or spills.  There can also be other natural surprises in a real tree such as insects and spiders!  While this is rarely a serious problem, it is something to keep in mind.

Repeated Cost Or One Time Cost?

Buying a false tree is something you can invest in one year and use for many years to come.  A real tree, on the other hand, will have to be replaced every year.  The cost of a real tree depends on where you live.  If you live in a hotter climate where naturally grown pine trees are scarce, you will pay a premium for trees that are imported from elsewhere—and they won’t be as fresh!  If you live in a place where pine trees grow freely, the cost will be much less, and the tree will last longer since it will be fresh.

The Hunt For The Perfect Tree

If you just have to have that perfectly shaped Christmas tree, you will find it easier to use in a fake tree.  Still, hunting through a tree farm or forest for the elusive perfect natural tree is a lot of fun for many people, and if you aren’t too set on perfection you will probably find something pretty close.  Just be sure the search is something you will enjoy.

A real Christmas tree adds a certain ambience and holiday spirit to any home, but it isn’t right for everyone.  Consider the benefits as well as the possible problems with a real tree before you make a final decision on how to get your home ready for the holidays.