Good Question: Why the debate over real or fake when it comes to Christmas trees?

In my home you will find six Christmas trees this time of year.

No matter how many you have up there are some who feel very strongly about their trees.

Good Question: Why the debate over real or fake when it comes to Christmas trees?

Some are real others fake.

We know some of you have more than one up in your home, some are upside down others traditional, but whether they are living or not you love to share your Christmas tree photos with us.

This year the decorated Christmas tree celebrates its 500th birthday!

Over the years its become a key component to the holiday season.

A poll taken in 2002 found that

21% of Americans preferred a real tree
48% would rather have an artificial one
32 have no tree up at all

Of course each side has their own take on why one is better than the other.

The National Christmas Tree Association represents tree farms and says each year 25 to 30 million real trees are sold.

They boast they are more environmentally friendly and can be recycled for many uses including being used as habitats for wildlife after being stripped of tinsel and lights.

Those with the American Christmas Tree Association claim artificial plastic trees last longer and in the long run actually save you.

In fact, according to a 10 year study the American Christmas Tree Association found that one pre-lit tree costs 70% less than the purchase of 10 real trees over the same time period.

What ever you prefer, it seems the debate will still continue over the seasonal favorite.

If you are a fan of real trees, experts say it takes an average size tree seven years to reach its height suitable for a Christmas tree.

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