Real versus Fake Trees


The Smell
Have you ever smelled something and immediately been brought back to another instance in your life with that same scent? That’s what Christmas trees do for me with Christmas. In fact, it has been scientifically proven that the sense of smell is more strongly related to memory than any other senses. It just simply isn’t Christmas without that sweet, slightly spicy pine smell — it would be like Thanksgiving without the smell of roasting turkey, which, let’s face it, no one is cool with.
The Experience
Tree farms have everything Christmas-y: they have friends and family, fire pits, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, candy canes and — most importantly — real trees. You get double the Christmas feels with a real tree, since they start when you go to cut it down. The hunt is exciting — you get to look through and pick out the perfect tree, the one that will suit your home just right. Then you cut it down and bring it home with you to decorate just so. Each year is it’s own special and unique experience, which is so much better than dragging a dusty box out of the storage room.

The Tradition
Capitalism has exploited the giving Christmas spirit. It has corrupted the joy of giving into the chore of shopping, making sure the presents you’ve bought are “enough” and your house is Christmas-y “enough” to host the party. We all long for the ideal, simple, natural Christmas. When you buy a fake tree, you are buying into consumer Christmas — you support the financial exploitation of the season. Buying real trees, on the other hand, is a communal experience and supports not the rich CEOs but the small, local families. .

The Environment

Remember when you were about eight years old and you learned that trees exhale the Oxygen that we breathe, you know, keeping us alive? Well, good news: that’s not a myth. . Tree farms, where most Christmas trees come from, are actually incredibly beneficial to the environment. They provide habitats for wildlife, they help to absorb the copious amounts of Carbon Dioxide in the air, and when we are done with the trees they are used as compost. Also, when we cut them down we aren’t hurting the environment like we do when we cut forests down to build suburbs, shopping malls, fake tree-making factories, and the like, since tree farms are always replanted. On the contrary, most fake trees are foreign, imported products that are made from toxic plastics which are released back into the air when the tree ends up at the dump (increasing the need for real trees to clean the air again). This production process itself does nothing but harm the environment





The Smell
Last time I checked, Christmas was a holiday, not a commercialized scent brought to you by the logging industry in order to boost their sales with an invented correlation. Rather, this smell might bring with allergens that cause incessant sneezing and absolute misery during the most “wonderful time of the year”. How about we actually take into consideration the sensitivities that someone might have to all the perturbations that come with the outdoors landscape?
The Clean-Up
What better way to celebrate the holiday season, your vacation from school, and your quality time with loved ones than to spend every waking minute scouring every inch of the ground for that last pine needle? Or better yet, who would not want to have all the tree mites and insects that your heart can handle crawling up your leg when roasting chestnuts on the open fire? Enough said.
The Environment
It is laughable that the side supporting real Christmas trees tried to use the environment argument in their favour. Simply put, all those benefits of trees are completely destroyed when a section of forest is clear-cut for your living room to have the most picturesque setting. How about instead of using fertilizers and other unnatural and environmentally-harmful agricultural practices, we just let forests grown naturally provide the world with some much-needed sustainable carbon sinks?

The Cost
Christmas already is a commercialized event that prioritizes the amount of money you spend over the sentimental spirits of goodwill that used to be associated with this time of year. Then, every year, a family is forced to go out and find some cash for a brand-new Christmas tree in a current economic market where prices for real Christmas trees are currently rising by an average of 10 per cent each year. Or, they could go into the basement and pull out the same tree from last year.

The Safety
So I thought I would save the most logical and blatant argument for last. Most people like to put lights up on their Christmas tree, and if someone is going all the way to the countryside to get that perfect tree, then there is no doubt they are stringing up some LEDs to welcome Santa on Christmas Eve. However, if you might have heard, trees are just a bit flammable, as seen in the numerous forest fires that are almost impossible to fight.

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