There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh pine filling your home during the holiday season. Having a real live tree can do that better than any candle or air freshener. Purchasing 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, meaning, you will have to vacuum up the dropped needles regularly. You will also need to make sure you keep fresh water in the tree stand and watch out for leaks or spills. There could also be other natural surprises in your tree such as insects and spiders! While this really isn’t a major issue, it is something to keep in mind if you are not friendly with the bugs.
Is The Price Right?
Buying a artificial tree is something you can invest in one year and use it for many years to come after. A real tree, on the other hand, will have to be replaced every year and can only be kept for a certain amount of time before needing to recycle. The cost of a real tree also depends on where you live. If you live in a hotter climate where naturally grown pine trees are scarce, you will end up paying more for your tree that is imported from elsewhere—and it 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.
Keep Your Eye Out
If you just have to have that perfectly shaped tree, you will definitely find it easier to use an artificial tree. Still, hunting through a tree farm 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 tree adds a certain ambiance 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. Whether you choose an artificial tree or a real tree, make this time one to remember, and have yourself a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday!