Real or Artificial Trees?
We'll be diplomatic and say that there are more than two points of view to the debate over purchasing real or artificial trees to decorate this holiday season. There's nothing like a real tree when it comes to the look, fragrance, and feel of a real tree. And many Christmas tree farmers depend on your purchases each year to earn a living, and they continue to grow and replenish their tree stock.
On the other hand, artificial trees can save money over the longrun by making one purchase and then you have a tree you can use year after year. No trees are cut down, but petroleum products are used in the manufacturing process. And artificial trees don't shed needles and pose a dry-tree fire hazard at the end of the season.
Whatever your decision, here are some links to materials that will help you choose well this year: