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Real Or Fake? Top 5 Reasons Real Christmas Trees Are Better

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I’m sorry. I should have said real or “artificial” Christmas trees. Sure, artificial trees are hassle-free. Pull it out of the bag from the attic or basement, and presto a Christmas tree. That’s fun! I don’t have anything against artificial Christmas tree folks, but I did compile a list of the Top 5 reasons Real Christmas trees are better.

Christmas Tree Farm
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The Hunt



Whether you like to find your tree Clark W. Griswold style or just from a farm, spotting THE tree is a thrill. Is it the right size? Can I negotiate the price down a little? How the heck am I going to get this thing home? There’s no better feeling than landing the annual family Christmas tree.


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Real Trees Are Healthier



Christmas trees remove dust and pollen from the air. An acre of Christmas trees provides for the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people.


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Albert Chevallier Tayler / Getty Images





Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the United States since about 1850. In 1856 Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States, was the first President to place a Christmas tree in the White House. President Coolidge started the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the White House lawn in 1923.




It’s Good For The Economy



100,000 people are employed in the Christmas tree industry. 98 percent of all Christmas trees are grown on farms. In the United States, there are more than 21,000 Christmas tree growers.


Christmas Tree Smell
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The Smell



Whether it’s a Scotch pine, Douglas fir, Noble fir, Fraser fir, Virginia pine, balsam fir or white pine, the smell of a FRESH Christmas tree cannot be matched.


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