Artificial Christmas Trees

Artificial Christmas Trees

More and more people are going from natural to synthetic when it comes to festival decorations. This does make sense from a financial and an ecological standpoint. Joining the roost are artificial Christmas trees. Following is some basic information on this Christmas tree and how you can use them in better ways.
Come Yuletide and half the world is busy preparing things to make their festival the joyous occasion it is supposed to be. However, Christmastime can be quite an expensive time. The list of Christmas necessaries is quite long too, and for most Christian families, celebrating Christmas could put a yearend dent in the pocket with which they might have to usher in the New Year. For decades together people only bought freshly chopped Christmas trees for Christmas. However, according to a study, about 70% Americans are opting for artificial trees.

Why are Artificial Trees Chosen over Real Trees

It has been estimated that freshly chopped pine trees will soon be a rarity, with the way artificial trees are gaining popularity. Let's find out why this is so!

Cost

Over the past few years, there has been a considerable shortage in real Christmas tree availability. From the 200,000 trees available seven years ago, today we have only 25,000 trees available in the market. This automatically spikes up the rates. This forces several people to opt for artificial trees. On the other hand, artificial trees cost lesser than real trees.

But, how are artificial Christmas trees so cheap then? Firstly, they are made from comparably cheap materials like plastic, feathers and even wires and sticks. The artificial trees available today and made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is nothing but a derivative of petroleum. These materials are strung on a central stem, which could be made of plastic or wood.

There are other ways in which these Christmas trees can help you economize on things. These trees are not perishable like the real ones, so you can keep them year after year. All artificial Christmas trees can be customized, so you can play with the lighting and decoration on the trees and make them look different each year. These trees are designed in a modular pattern, much like the playing blocks kids use. Hence, when the festive period is over, you can simply dismantle the tree and stock it in some corner of the house for the next year, making storage even easier.

Appearance and Space Consumed

The artificial trees available today do not appear fake. With the number of innovations that have taken place over the years, artificial trees look as gorgeous as real trees. The second most important reason, after the price, is the space. Artificial Christmas trees are made smaller in size, so they can very well fit into the small apartment space that most people live in nowadays. Smaller trees may not look as grand as the real ones, however, they are the only options for people living in condominiums.

Maintenance and Transportation

Artificial trees, unlike the real trees do not have to be watered. Moreover, they also don't leave pine needles all over the floor, thereby reducing the work during the holiday season. Since artificial trees do not emanate any pine smell, people allergic to it are not troubled. As the materials used in making these trees are light and flexible, it can be easily packed and transported, thereby, reducing the transportation expenses.

So in order to make your artificial Christmas tree even better than the real thing, you can use these two simple tips:-

For the decoration: Be creative while decorating the tree. For a snowy effect you can spread some cotton onto the branches. However, these days you also have the option of purchasing frosted Christmas trees, which look fabulous. Use unique decorations on your tree. Don't readily pick up the common decorations you find at stores. Look around for some unique ones, which will give your tree a unique look.

For the lighting: The prelit Christmas trees look splendid. You can either purchase these trees or buy the plain artificial tree and light it up using some LED Christmas lights. LED Christmas lights are small, available on strings, and can be easily wound on the Christmas tree. They are cheap too, so you can have different sets of LED Christmas lights to put up on your trees each year.

But then there are some things you need to know before investing in an artificial Christmas tree. Since these trees are made from petroleum, they cannot be recycled and thus are not environmentally friendly. Moreover, these trees are also known to shed lead dust. So think of the pros and cons of artificial Christmas trees, before taking your pick!
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