Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches...
The branches may be lovely, but are they real or artificial? Each holiday season, the first consideration for many people is whether to buy a real or artificial Christmas tree.
Sure, an artificial Christmas tree requires less work than a real Christmas tree, but it may surprise you to find out that choosing a real Christmas tree is an environmentally friendly choice. According to the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA), an acre of Christmas trees produces the daily oxygen for 18 people! Real Christmas trees provide other benefits for our environment too:
Buying a real Christmas tree supports our economy too. Real Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada and the industry employs over 100,000 people full or part-time. Eighty percent of artificial trees are manufactured in China.
Involve the whole family
Selecting a real Christmas tree either from a local Christmas tree farm or from a retailer can be a fun family outing. Tell your kids how tall the tree needs to be, then give them free reign on the selection. Choosing a Christmas tree can be almost as fun as decorating one!