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The Great Annual Christmas Tree Debate: Real Vs. Artificial (Aka Fake)


Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, trees, Christmas, protection )

Cher Away
- 622 days ago - livinggreenmag.com
Decorating for the holidays often involves a Christmas tree. Each year, Americans buy about 30 million real trees and about 13 million fake ones. However, since artificial trees are usually reused, the number of artificial trees actually strung up



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tasunka m. (334)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 10:10 am
How about neither. As trees are the lungs of the earth,there should be a modern replacement that doesn't look shoddy. Some sort of dried flowers ,or fresh like poinsettas ( which have their own toxic problems). but christmas cactus has always been fun,since you have to stick them in a closet in the Northeast,anyway.
Haven't seen that many growing wild in the desert,interesting now that I say it,as the other flower is abundant ,at least in the caribbean. Mistle toe is actually a type of tree rot,and I am constantly having to remove it from my yard.
I know this might not be the answer everyone is looking for...I still think it's an outdated and harmful practice.

tl;dr; neither,outdated
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 11:48 am
And the debate rages on.
 

g d c. (0)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 11:52 am
ty
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 12:15 pm


Eeny, meeny, miny, mo ....I prefer to see trees continue to grow.
 

Martha Nieto (6)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 12:25 pm
I prefer a real living tree in a planter which will be used for reforestation after Chistmas. It will not die because of my decorating needs.
 

Sherri O. (257)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 1:33 pm
Fake all the way. Leave the real trees in the forest. Jesus would like that a whole lot better.
 

Marilyn L. (107)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 1:43 pm
I planted a real 'Christmas' tree in my yard this year. In Arizona it is dangerous to have real trees in your home because they dry out to fast.
 

Gloria Morotti (14)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 3:12 pm
Thanks. Guess I'll do without. I pledged last year to never buy a real tree again...only to watch it die in my living room.
 

Dotti Lydon (116)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 5:37 pm
So many decorations can be displayed without a tree. My apartment looks very festive. Don't believe in cutting living trees and don't like artificial trees. I use my butterfly rewards to plant trees.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 6:56 pm
I like Marilyn way. If you have the area on your property, why not plant a tree to grow. That way you can enjoy it all year round. It amazes me on how many people buy the real ones for indoors and like mentioned, if it's not properly taken care of, it can burn down your home. Plus it makes me sick thinking of all of the ones that were cut down to use for a few weeks, then just thrown out. Thanks Cher
 

Dee C. (214)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 8:17 pm
Plant a tree..don't cut it down..Fake ones work just fine for the holidays..

Thanks sweetie..
 

jo M. (3)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 11:57 pm
Real, for sure. You can always plant another one in it's place or take one from an area that needs thinned, or from a road bank where it is doomed anyway. Or get one from a tree farm where they are sustainably grown for that very purpose.
 

Herbert E. (10)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 2:00 am
No Xmas tree in my home for the last fifty years, could be more, lost count.
 

John Gregoire (254)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 5:52 am
I vote for neither. It's criminal to kill trees and equally ridiculous to support the junk industry. If you must decrate a tree, do one that is growing outdoors. Avoid the B&B ones unless you intend to keep it on a cool porch and then plant it immediately after Christmas.
 

John Gregoire (254)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 5:54 am
Jo, that's not practical as it takes at least a decade for a tree to grow to Christmas tree size. That's not sustainable sylvaculture but trees in a tight planting that are trimmed annualy to conform to our idea of the ideal shape.
 

Carlene V. (203)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 6:05 am
We've been using artifical trees for several years. Prefer to leave the real ones where they are and too wasteful to cut a beautiful tree then toss it. The newer fake ones look very real and come with lights attached which my husband loves!
 

Dave C. (213)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 11:18 am
we've done it all.....used to go to a local tree farm and buy "cut your own", then we have 2 living trees that we keep indoors year round and decorate at holidays.....we do own an artificial tree that we bought for $7.98 on clearance on New Years Day about 15 years ago......my wife says it was heading towards the trash pile most likely so maybe it was okay............we also donate money to plant some living trees somewhere, sometime....
 

Teri P. (106)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 11:22 am
I have purchased small live trees in the past, and planted them after the holidays, but my local nurseries aren't carrying them anymore. :(
 

monka blanke (74)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 12:52 pm
We don't celebrate each year, but if we do, we use an artificial tree.
 

jo M. (3)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 4:44 pm
It is sustainable, John. As long as you are continually replanting and keeping all stages of tree size you can continue indefinitely growing and harvesting. Nor is it criminal in general to kill a tree, or millions of them for that matter. Depends on the circumstances and consequences.
 

Sheri J. (16)
Monday December 10, 2012, 10:00 am
We use a small artificial tree every year. Reduce, reuse, recycle!
 

Maria Cantillo (0)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 12:42 am
fake
 

Shawna S. (43)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 9:16 pm
Oh what a debate it is!! I choose both. For a bustling season I choose to buy from a registered tree farm. If it's going to be a quiet holiday season, I use a hand-me-down two footer already decorated. In my family, tradition has always been about making your tree an expression of your joy with hand picked ornaments and unique ornaments. The topper has always been a star of sorts or something whimsical like a bird. I love the Christmas season because children are in wonder at the wonder. Happy Holidays to you All :")
 

Sara W. (110)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 10:24 pm
My mom will always want a cut tree sadly, but she is thrilled that my boyfriend and I have started a tradition of getting a small tree still in a pot. He and I live in a small apartment so we don't have the property to plant it but she does so she gets to have the trees when we're done to plant for future property borders and for the greenery. I just don't like the idea of celebrating with those I love and living life while killing a tree for only a few weeks of decoration before it then gets tossed in the garbage as if it meant nothing.
 

Carol H. (229)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 5:16 am
noted, thank you
 
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