How It Works

Select the work to be done
Let us know what project you need help with and when you need it done - we'll match you with the right pros for the job.
Compare matched pros
Verify pro credentials, read reviews, ask questions, discuss availability, and request project estimates.
Complete your project
Hire the pro that's right for you and your budget. After the project is complete, let your community know how it went.
Powered by

The Home Depot

Pros and Cons of Real and Fake Christmas Trees

Pro Referral > Home Guides > Interior Decoration > Pros and Cons of Real and Fake Christmas Trees
Pros and Cons of Real and Fake Christmas Trees

Your Christmas tree is the centerpiece of your Christmas celebration. It’s just not Christmas until there is a tree in the house, fully decorated with a star at the very top.


In addition to all the things on your holiday to-do list is the decision that each household that celebrates Christmas must make: real or fake? That is, do you want to go with a real Christmas tree or an imitation one? This guide will help you answer the question: “should I choose a real or fake Christmas tree?”

  1. 1.Real Christmas Trees Are All Natural

    It’s just not Christmas until there is a tree in the house, fully decorated with a star at the very top.

    Real Christmas trees aren’t manufactured in China or made with weird chemicals. When you buy a real Christmas tree, you won’t have to worry about toxins or plastic parts. When you buy a real Christmas tree, you know what’s in it: needles, branches, water and earth. And because it’s real, disposing of it is easy and environmentally friendly. You won’t have to find space in your house to store it, just take it outside and let it biodegrade naturally.

  2. 2.Real Christmas Trees have that Christmas Tree Smell

    For many people, it’s not Christmas unless their whole house smells like a pine Christmas tree. If you are one of those people, then a real tree is a no-brainer. And despite promises otherwise from the makers of scented candles and air freshener, Christmas tree smell isn’t something that you can buy in a can. It only comes from a freshly cut Christmas tree.

  3. 3.Real Christmas Trees Are Traditional

    For many people, the process of going out, selecting a tree, strapping it to the roof of the car and hauling it home is a family tradition. Unpacking and assembling an imitation tree just doesn’t have the same air of nostalgia.

  5. 4.Fake Christmas Trees Can Be Used Year After Year

    Fake Christmas trees have some good points, too. For example, a fake tree can safe you time. The holidays are busy enough; with a fake tree you don’t have to worry about going out and getting a tree, figuring out how to bring it home, watering it, and on and on and on. You buy your fake tree just once and simply take it out of the box every year. There is nothing to clean up after, and you simply disassemble it and put it away once New Years’ day rolls around.

  6. 5.Fake Christmas Trees Require Very Little Clean Up

    One of the more annoying things about a real Christmas tree is the clean up involved. Real trees shed pine needles all over the house. They also require water, which can spill and ruin your carpet and your presents. Fake trees require virtually no cleanup at all. They don’t shed, at most you’ll need only to wipe it down with a damp cloth.

  7. 6.Fake Christmas Trees Always Look Good

    Your fake tree won’t be odd-shaped, or too short or too tall. It won’t loose too many pine needles or turn brown. Your fake tree will always be green and always look exactly the same. That’s good news for anyone who has ever had to struggle to fit a too tall tree into their home or get a crooked tree to look straight. During the holidays, people often get preoccupied with everything looking perfect, having a fake tree takes some of the stress off.


    Whether your tree is real or fake, don’t let yourself get too caught up in the tiny details of the holidays. Instead, remember the things that are most important: family, food and happiness. Even if your tree is real – you can’t fake that!

Find Pros

Get your home project started today with help from Pro Referral’s qualified network of pre-screened and background-checked professionals available in your neighborhood.

Get Expert Advice

Submit your toughest home improvement questions to our knowledgeable experts and receive free personalized solutions, product recommendations, how-to advice, and more–all within 24 hours or less.