Is it time to put up the Christmas tree yet? Is that a common question in your household these days? If so, then maybe the next question should be whether you want the real deal or festively fake. Our family has gone the artificial route over the past several years. However, there was a time (i.e. growing up) that real was the ONLY way to go.
We keep saying that we want to go back to the authentic. But the reality is that we find it easier to open up the closet and dig out last year’s fake fir than visit a Christmas tree lot on a messy winter night with the hassle of how to transport our pick of the patch back to our house. And let’s face it… Who wants to vacuum up all those pine needles?!
But if you don’t mind roughing it in exchange for a truer Christmas experience, keep this in mind… Fake trees are rumoured to contain carcinogens which can be offensive to your health and the environment. Read the warning label and heed the advice of not inhaling or ingesting any dust or loose parts. Herein lies a cruel irony of ‘kill a tree and protect the environment’! But I digress.
On the other hand, many real trees do come into contact with pesticides during their growth and can therefore contribute to pollution issues once discarded. Some people actually opt to buy a tree from a local grower with roots still intact so that they can replant it in their yard beyond the holidays. Too bad more of us can’t be so eco-friendly.
Personal choice is where it’s at when all is said and done. If you still don’t know which way to go and are seeking the ultimate compromise, perhaps Charlie Brown’s spatially efficient tree branch wasn’t such a joke after all!