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

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

- 2112 days ago -
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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divergent r (309)
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I know this might not be the answer everyone is looking for...I still think it's an outdated and harmful practice.

tl;dr; neither,outdated

. (0)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 11:48 am
And the debate rages on.

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

. (0)
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.

Colleen L (3)
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 (229)
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.

Carlene V (202)
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!

David C (111)
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 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 (105)
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. :(

M B (62)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 12:52 pm
We don't celebrate each year, but if we do, we use an artificial tree.

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

Shawna S (45)
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 :")

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