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A Real or Fake Tree for the holidays



Living in a state consisting of 86% trees I am blessed with fresh air all the time. So every year is the consideration of a live cut tree or the ever more realistic fake ones. Things have come a long way from when I lived in NYC 30 years ago, and was charged $3 for what didn’t even count as a “Charlie Brown” tree. Barely a branch you would discard on the ground.

I have in the past dug up a tree with a burlap ball covering the dirt and using that and then plant in a pre dug hole outside. For one where will I put another tree in the yard. And it is heavy.

During the Christmas season an average of 120 million trees are cut down across the world and 15,094,678 in the US based on U.S. Agriculture Department Data.

Did you know that in 2018 over 50 MILLION Christmas trees were sold in the US? And almost half of those were fake.

Fake trees have increased in popularity due to their affordable and long-lasting qualities. They look and often feel like the real thing, and with so many options, you can choose the one that fits best in the home you're selling.

"While a real tree may fill the property with the scent of Christmas, when staging your real estate listings this year, don't buy an expensive, messy tree that will wilt in a week and leave the property covered in pine needles. Real trees are even more likely to catch on fire - yikes!" -- Frederick Johnson, founder at  

Other Fun Facts About Artificial Trees:

  • Did you know that the first artificial Christmas tree was made in the 1930s by a company that made toilet scrubbers and brushes?
  • Today’s artificial Christmas trees come in a variety of shapes and sizes with lifelike branches that mimic the colors and texture of real pine, fir, and spruce trees.
  • Consumers opt for a fake tree during the holidays because there’s no maintenance, it’s less likely to trigger allergies, and it can be reused over many years.

Take a look at this article on fake trees (

In the end this year I did break down and bought a fake tree. Looks quite good really. I know I will use it for years and feel better that a real tree is left outside to grow and providing real air.

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