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SOUND OFF: Real vs. Artificial Christmas Trees

It's a decision families make every year - were you willing to withstand the cold, sap and needles necessary for an 'authentic' Christmas?

Sure, everyone appreciates some good holiday decor. But have you ever been tempted to take it easy on yourself and purchase an artificial Christmas tree?

Purists won't go near them, but for others, the thought of chopping down a tree - leaving needles, sap and leaking water in your living room - is not their idea of a happy holiday. 

Despite the hassle, real trees outsell their artificial cousins by more than a 3-to-1 margin each season, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Bear in mind, of course, that artificial trees can be reused every year.

Readers, what do you think? Did you undertake the Griswold family tradition this year or are did an artificial tree do the trick for your family?

Solace December 27, 2012 at 05:55 PM
In a recent Nielsen survey, it was concluded that 22 million real trees will be sold this year versus nearly 12 million of artificial trees (1.8 to 1, not so much 3 to 1). While this is so, most American households (nearly 83%!) are displaying artificial trees. More info here: http://www.christmastreeassociation.org/Article%20Pages/Most-American-Households-Will-Celebrate-Christmas-With-An-Artificial-Christmas-Tree.

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