Is there an advantage to getting a real tree versus a fake one? What are the pros and cons of each? I’m sharing the benefits of getting a real Christmas tree every year.
I can’t believe Christmas is almost here! I also can’t believe this will be my last post of 2018. I’m taking the last couple weeks of the year off so I can get everything switched over and start out the new year with the new name, Living Letter Home.
I know (and hope) many of you guys have really good memories of Christmases growing up. I have a few good memories, but most of mine aren’t that great, tbh.
Different story for a different post.
Told you I’d keep it real.
All that to say, there were no such thing as “traditions”. We didn’t really do anything special, there was only a few years where Christmas was a big deal, and we never had a real tree. EVER.
Once J and I got married, I was determined that we would keep Christmas about the real reason (Jesus) but also have a lot of fun and family things.
Including getting a real Christmas tree.
We’ve done this every year and I don’t regret it at all! They’re low maintenance truthfully and it gives us a reason to be THAT family at least once a year. What do I mean by being THAT family?
Yup. That’s right. Matching flannel shirts. Not coordinating. Straight up MATCHING. Absolutely zero shame in our game. Do you even need any more pros than that? Oh you do. Okay. Here’s a couple benefits of getting a real Christmas tree.
PRO: SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESS
This sweet little tree farm that we’ve gone the last 2 years being in Rock Hill is family owned and operated. When you first pull in, you can see the sweet little baby trees that they plant and wait until they mature enough to be cut down in the years to come. The one we went to in our previous hometown was run by a small, family owned produce stand.
PRO: THE SMELL
I mean, I think we’ve all smelled a Christmas tree, right? I’m not too sure I need to explain this one.
PRO: THE LOOK
I love the fact that every year, our tree looks different. That means even if we decorate it the same way, it will have a different look and feel because of its fullness or height difference or little quirks and imperfections. I love it.
PRO: THE TRADITION
I alluded to this earlier, but this is the absolute most important pro for our family. It’s something we do every year. Even if we move cities, we find a local little place to get our tree from. It’s also really fun to see how our family grows and changes each year.
Doing this every year can be pretty pricey. When you buy artificial, they last several years. Artificial ones also are usually a little less messy and you don’t have to worry about needles and sap. You can also decorate earlier with an artificial tree because they won’t go dying on ya.
Obviously the biggest con would be telling your three and a half year old daughter that it’s time to leave the Christmas tree farm with free hot chocolate and a tunnel she can crawl through.
Real or fake, you do whatever is best for your family! We actually have both because I like being able to decorate early, but love having the tradition of the real tree together. WHO CARES, YA KNOW?! IT’S FREAKING CHRISTMAS SO IT’S ALL THE HOLLIEST AND ALSO THE JOLLIEST!
What about you? Real or fake? Or both?