“Do They Still Make Wooden Christmas Trees?”
By Molly Brauch
With Christmas fast approaching, it is essential that celebrating families get up their Christmas trees. But are real trees becoming obsolete with the rise of artificial trees? A recent poll of Seton students reveals that 68.35% of students have a fake tree in their house, while only 34.18% have a real tree in their homes. The remaining 1.27% of students do not have a tree at all. Artificial trees can be helpful in households with animals, as some pets will try to eat fallen needles off of real trees. To sensitive noses, an odorless plastic tree is a nice substitute to a funky-smelling fir. Many real trees are grown with pesticides, too, which is bad for the environment and the many delicate ecosystems that thrive within it. Artificial trees can also be used for decades without falling into decay. With all of the positive aspects of having a fake tree, are there any benefits to having a real tree in the house?
Christmas trees are grown on farms, and are grown on land that isn’t suitable for growing other crops, so the Christmas tree business creates jobs while also converting carbon dioxide in the environment to oxygen. The saplings grown from the trunks of trees that are cut down also recycle oxygen faster than older trees. Some people truly enjoy the smell of a fresh pine tree. Real trees, because they are natural earthly features, are biodegradable. However, according to Seton teacher Mrs. Corey, “The best part of a real tree is the tradition behind it.” Corey grew up on a Christmas tree farm. “I loved to see kids come to get their trees every year and then see them bring their kids, too.” No matter which type of Christmas tree your family prefers, remember that the holiday season is a time for family, so either type of tree is fine as long as it rings in the Christmas spirit.