Real Christmas Tree vs Artificial Tree?

Did you know that the first artificial Christmas trees were actually made in the early 1930’s by a company called Addis Brush? They were in the business of making toilet scrubbers and brushes. So, the first fake trees were really nothing more than gigantic, green toilet bowl scrubbers. Imagine that! It’s pretty funny to think about now.

Since their invention, artificial trees have continued to gain widespread popularity. That should hardly be surprising especially in tough economic times. It’s commonly believed that buying an artificial Christmas tree saves money. You invest the money once, and use the tree year after year. Plus, you help the environment by saving a tree from being cut down.

So really, buying an artificial tree over a real one is a no brainer, right?

Well, not really. There are advantages and disadvantages to both sides of the “real” versus “fake” debate when it comes to Christmas trees. Let’s look at the various pros and cons so you can make the best decision for you and your family this holiday season.

Artificial Christmas Trees

One of the biggest advantages of using artificial trees is the cost savings. As mentioned earlier, once you invest the money you’re done. You can use the tree year after year.

Artificial trees are convenient. All you need to do is drag it out of the shed, basement or garage once a year and you’re good to go. It’s always that “perfect shape”, and you don’t have to worry about the quality and value of the trees of the Christmas trees being sold outside your local public house.

The trees don’t need any watering and won’t scatter mounds of messy needles all over the floor.


Artificial trees are petroleum-based PVC which is a non-biodegradable plastic. Once you throw your artificial tree away, it’s going to be in the landfill forever. And because the plastic fibres are fused and glued to the metal frame, artificial trees can’t be recycled.

Real Tree

According to a leading supplier, over 80% of the real Christmas trees sold in England are grown by British farmers. On average, 8 million real trees are sold each year. This helps employ workers right here in the UK.

Real trees make fill your home with a distinct Christmas smell. There’s nothing better than walking into your home and smelling the fresh scent of pine! If you’re entertaining guests at your house for the holidays, I’m sure they’ll appreciate it.

Christmas Tree recycling programs with most local authorities. Real trees can be easily recycled, unlike artificial trees.

Going out to purchase your tree can be fun and mark a Christmas tradition. Each tree is unique in its own way, and discovering your “perfect tree” is a great way to make memories with friends and family.

The biggest disadvantage to buying a real tree is, again, the cost. Most trees run £30-£80, and many top £175 or more. To make matters worse, this is a yearly expense since you need to buy a new tree every year.

Real trees are high maintenance. They must be watered continuously, and will drop needles on the floor.

Finial Thought

When it comes to the “real” versus “fake” debate, we are a huge fan of real trees. I think the environmental advantages to buying real trees and the support for U.K farmers far outweigh the yearly cost of the tree.

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