STATES CHRONICLE – As soon as Thanksgiving is over, everyone will start the Christmas tree real vs artificial debate. Since the tree will be the centerpiece of both the holiday and your living room, you’ll have to be very careful in making a decision about it.
One of the first questions you should ask yourself and your family is whether the tree should be real or artificial. If you and your family like tradition and nature you will probably opt for a real tree. A real tree, regardless of its size is sure to be great. What makes it so special? Its uniqueness. You cannot find two trees that look the same. And the variety to choose from is very wide.
First of all, there are fir trees and there are pine trees. Fir trees have softer needles, while pine trees are sturdier which makes it easier for you to hang ornaments. Plus, although not everyone can sense the difference, specialists say Christmas trees have different fragrances.
But besides how the tree looks or smells or how well it fits your living room, what a real Christmas tree can offer is a great family experience. For those who don’t want to simply go to the market to choose a tree, there is another, more exciting option. You can take your family and go straight to the forest where you can pick and cut your own tree.
For this experience you will need to buy a $5 Christmas tree permit from Lewis and Clark National Forest. Besides this, you should be careful about what you’ll be wearing. It is advised that you dress in layers, put on hats and gloves and wear boots. Of course, don’t forget about blankets, water, flashlight and some food.
Now, for the ones who believe tree cutting is a savage thing or are what we call today tree-huggers, a more eco-friendly option is buying an artificial Christmas tree. The downside is that your tree will look pretty much like every other artificial tree. On the other hand you’ll be saving a very tiny percentage of the forest, that given the global warming problem, might actually count.
All in all, whether you’re going for the exciting experience of cutting off your own Christmas tree or choosing the more eco-friendly artificial one, what matters is how the tradition of decorating this tree makes you feel.
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