This will be a big weekend for putting up decorations, lights and Christmas trees all over South Jersey. Here we go again. It's the biggest question surrounding the Christmas holiday - real or fake? Each holiday season my wife and I go through the same tree dilemma, and this Christmas our decision will be a absolute no-brainer!

Last Christmas we bought a heavily discounted artificial tree after the holiday. I think it was something like 400% off. Okay, maybe the discount wasn't THAT big, but it was close.

My wife and I were so disappointed with the tree after putting it together that the decision was made to banish the fake tree to the basement for good. This year, lake last year, we'll be out searching for that perfect real live Christmas tree.

Gary Guida

I have to admit a real tree looks and smells so much better then a fake one. I noticed that pine smell spreading through the house as soon as we put it up!

My two boys, who are no fans of artificial trees, will be happy to come home to a real tree this Christmas. Of course, they're conveniently doing other things when the time comes to take down the real tree and clean up all the needles.

Here are some pros and cons on real vs. artificial from Rodale's Organic Life.

The Real Deal


  1. Buying a real tree helps support local farmers.
  2. Trees can be mulched at the end of the season for environmental purposes, they are also used to replenish sand dunes on beaches and to reinforce coastal wetlands.
  3. Plus, you get real Christmas tree smell!


  1. Cleaning up all the pine needles
  2. Real trees may have been grown with pesticides that are toxic to wildlife.

The Artificial Alternative


  1. They're reasonably priced.
  2. Reusable year after year.
  3. Most come pre-lit with Christmas lights.
  4. No clean up when taking down at the end of the season.


  1. Fake trees are made from the plastic polyvinyl chloride, the tree will emit dioxin in the case of a fire.
  2. Plastic trees can't be recycled and will probably end up in a landfill.

Take our Christmas tree poll, below, and let us know if you prefer real or fake this Christmas!.


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