Real or artificial? The Christmas tree debate

Staff members Ella Cooper and Ellie Mitmesser go head to head in this age-old debate

December 15, 2020

Ho Ho Ho! Your real Christmas tree’s got to go

Ellie Mitmesser

As the Christmas holiday is approaching and your families are preparing, I want to save your time and effort by setting the record straight…artificial Christmas trees are the way to go.

The tree is the most important part when decorating for the special occasion because it’s what sets the room; people first see it when they walk in and it grabs their attention. 

Real Christmas tree picking is an awesome way to have fun with your family; however, the trees should stay outside where they belong.

You might think that they are better in the house, but I would have to disagree. They are part of the environment and shouldn’t be messed with.

Plenty of memories can be made by decorating an artificial tree while watching a classic Christmas movie inside. 

Most people are obsessed with the unique smell that real trees have, as am I.

To get the pine smell around the living room on Christmas morning, while still having a fake tree is very possible with candles and scented greenery. Both are an easy way to get the pine fragrance.  

This holiday season is very chaotic. Trying to find the perfect present and having family stay over are some of the reasons this time of year to be more hectic than usual.

Having a real Christmas tree will just add on. These trees are very needy since they have needles to be picked up and watering every day. This might sound fine, but will soon become a burden.

Also, there could even be safety concerns, such as making sure the trunk stays moist, when a real tree is not taken care of properly.

With fake trees, they are easy to handle, come very clean, and are less of a safety hazard. To make this season less stressful, go out and buy an artificial tree. 

Real trees are expensive, and there is no need to buy them every year.

When having an artificial tree, you save money.

In fact, the money you don’t spend on a real tree, you can put to good use by buying another gift for your loved ones.

While this argument of having a real or fake Christmas tree has caused many uncontrollable discussions in the past, I am hopeful to have directed your attention to the right choice.

I wish you all a very joyful Christmas in the hopes you buy an artificial tree. 



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Greener and greater – the smell of Christmas

Ella Cooper

It’s Christmas morning. You wake up bright and early to open your presents with your family. You head down stairs and you breathe in that sweet, Christmas air. The smell of the pine lingers throughout the house. This is the smell of Christmas.

Now, imagine waking up and not having that sweet Christmas smell from your authentic Christmas tree. How do you even have Christmas with a fake tree? This debate has been going on for years now.

What’s better: a real Christmas tree, or a fake one? I am here to tell you the obvious answer, and that is the real tree. 

The origins of the Christmas tree date back to the 15th and 16th century in rural England. In the winter, holly and ivy were the main plants of the season, hence the Christmas carol, Holly and Ivy.

The people would decorate their houses with greenery for the season, and then BAM! The use of a Christmas tree was born. It just feels wrong to have a fake, plastic tree after hearing that story.

There are many benefits to having a real tree that some people choose to ignore. Some might say that a real tree is too messy, and their pets get into it.

Well I think the mess is worth it because the true spirit of Christmas is in the tree. The glorious smell is too amazing to give up. It is something to look forward to when December comes around.

Others might argue that they don’t want to go out and buy a tree or they don’t want to cut down a tree because it is bad for the environment.

Why not make a family tradition out of it? Now you don’t have to go out in the middle of nowhere, like the Griswolds did to get your tree.

There are plenty of local places to go. There are even multiple right here in Winchester! It makes for a perfect, Christmas-themed day. 

And to address the environment issue, it is actually okay to cut down a tree. Christmas trees are like crops on a farm.

You won’t be doing bad for the environment. Instead, you will be stimulating a local business.

There is no other smell that beats the smell of an authentic Christmas tree on Christmas morning.

The joy of the holidays is in the sights and smells. When I am down in December, the smell of the tree brings back memories of family and good times.

Why people give that up, I do not know. 



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