To (real) tree or not to (real) tree?

Madison Powers, Layout Manager

As of November 26th, Thanksgiving ended, and people can finally start decorating for Christmas without worrying about the Angry Pilgrim paying a visit to their house. After putting up all the garland along the banisters and hanging up the stockings in front of the fire place, there is one key decoration not up ye: the tree.

Christmas isn’t complete without a tree under which to put the overabundant presents.  The real question is whether to purchase a real tree or fake one. The answer is simple: REAL. I have grown up buying a real tree every year and I can’t imagine it any other way.

It may just be me, but going out and picking a tree is a great holiday tradition that I love doing every year, not just once. I’d rather face the cold every year than waltz into a store once and figure out which tree had the best fake needles.  I enjoy spending time with my family and trying to agree which tree would look the best in our house this year.

Every year my family and I pick a different kind of tree. Some years we get a very tall and skinny one, other times and short and wide one. I would hate to have the same looking tree every year which is explained here in detail. It would just get boring.

I also love the smell of Christmas trees. After a long day of school, I walk into my house, and BAM, I’m overwhelmed by the smell the tree. That is something a fake tree will never give me. Sure people can buy a scent that smells like it, but it’s not the same.

Not to mention, real Christmas trees are good for the environment. People may think that buying a fake tree would help the environment, but it’s not the case. Fake trees are made from nonrenewable petroleum, while real trees are an agricultural crop. Christmas tree farms are usually on soil that doesn’t support any other crops.

It’s not too late to start a new holiday tradition, go out and buy a real Christmas tree this year.