As tempting as a pricey, artificial, pre-lit Christmas tree may be, few things about the holidays are as satisfying as a fresh, real Christmas tree.
1. Why real?
If the nostalgia of a fresh, fragrant tree is not reason enough to go natural, consider these facts:
- Artificial trees will last for six years in your home (got storage space?), but for centuries in a landfill.
- One to three seedlings are planted in the U.S. for every harvested Christmas tree—a total of 41 million were planted in winter/spring 2013, alone.
- Ninety-three percent of real Christmas trees harvested are recycled in community programs providing mulch for landscape and replenishing the earth’s soil.