To Tree Or Not To Tree This Year? Benefits and Dangers of Real Vs Fake Artificial Christmas Trees
Hello everyone! Happy holiday! It is very close to Christmas 🎅 now, so some of you may be considering running out to get a Christmas tree 🎄, if you do not have one already. Christmas trees are one of the highlights of Christmas time ⛄. They are special, just like the holiday they are named after.
These days, not everyone wants the same kind of Christmas tree. Some prefer artificial trees over real ones. Is one better than the other? Well, you can decide for yourself which is best for you based on the benefits and downsides of a both, which I will teach you about today!
We kill this tree for one day or a mere week because of our own selfish interests. Furthermore, every tree that gets cut down, takes away from an animal's natural habitat, since animals and insects live inside of these trees; they also lay their eggs in them, so this leads to our next problem: bugs.
"Up to 25,000 bugs are living in a single Christmas tree, according to Safer Brands. Since tree bugs go dormant during the cold months, you probably won't notice them at first...Once the tree is inside your home, however, the warm temperature will wake them up, causing them to move" ("Thousands of Christmas Tree Bugs May Be Living In Your Real Tree — Here's How to Get Rid of Them", 2019, Amanda Garrity, Goodhousekeeping.com).
Christmas trees increase the number of spiders in your harm tremendously, so Christmas time is when people tend to get a lot of bug bites and rashes. This is something to be careful about, especially if you have children.
The third benefit to a fake artificial Christmas tree is that you are not taking from an animal's natural habitat. You are also not killing a living creature.
Lastly, the final benefit is that there is a lot less mess to clean up with an artificial tree, since you don't have to worry about cleaning up the pines and bark that fall off of the tree as it dries out and dies.
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If you do get an artificial Christmas tree, you should not get a pre-lit Christmas tree because of recalls. So, it is safer to decorate the tree yourself with lights that you got on your own. You could even avoid lights all together and just decorate your Christmas tree with other ornaments.
"Pre-lit artificial trees have been recalled before, so make sure you're tree hasn't been recalled before using it. Even if not recalled, pre-lit artificial trees can pose electrical shock hazards and fire risks from exposed wiring, wiring that is too short, or cords that aren't plugged in completely" ("Live Versus Artificial Christmas Trees: Here's What You Should Know to Lower Your Fire Risk", 2019, North Carolina Consumers Council).