4 reasons an artificial holiday tree might be right for you

The holiday season is upon us and it's time to deck the halls. As you gather your decorations, it might be time to consider substituting your freshly cut pine tree for an artificial holiday tree. If you're wondering why, check out these four reasons to make the switch.

1. No mess
It's easy to decipher who has a real Christmas tree and who doesn't when you walk into a home. No matter how hard you try, it's impossible to contain the pine needles that constantly shed from Christmas trees. Cleaning up after the tree becomes a full time job - a tedious one. If you go with a fake tree, don't worry about sweeping the floor every time you're expecting company, and forget about straining your back using the broom and dustpan to collect the needles.

2. No maintenance
Beyond the endless sweeping, live Christmas trees require a bit of attention. To start, you often have to trim the branches to make it fit the space properly. Stringing lights around the Christmas tree is typically the most time consuming aspect of decorating - not to mention frustrating. Many fake trees come pre-strung with lights so you can skip that step. Finally, an artificial tree relieves you from watering duties. 

3. No allergies
Do you find your eyes start itching and nose begins running as soon as the Christmas tree goes up? According to the American Christmas Tree Association, pine trees can bring extra mold into your home, which often gets indoor allergies fired up. There's nothing that puts the damper on Christmas cheer like feeling under the weather! With an artificial tree, you're less likely to have an allergic reaction because it's made from metal and plastic polymers. 

3. Evergreen
Although live Christmas trees are in the evergreen family, they can only really survive through one season. On the other hand, you can use the same artificial tree several years in a row. Instead of tying a Fraser fur to the roof of the car, dragging it into the living room, then finding a place to discard it after New Years, you can easily store a fake tree in your basement or attic. It can often be broken down into several pieces and the branches fold toward the center, so it doesn't take up much room. Buying a new live tree every year can get quite expensive, but the popularity of fake trees has made them very affordable.