The Great Christmas Tree Debate: Real or Fake

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I'm not sure what it is about Christmas trees that spark such strong feelings, but there's a debate raging in homes across the country over whether to go faux this holiday. I personally know several couples who are deep in discussions about this issue. Proponents of the genuine article say that nothing beats that fresh pine smell or the tradition of picking out and bringing home the perfect tree. Meanwhile, supporters of the fake variety swear by the kind of tree that never needs watering or loses needles or has to be dragged out to the curb after the holidays are over.

And then there's the green argument. Is it more eco-friendly to buy a real tree that's been farmed and can be recycled after the holidays but may have been trucked into the area over great distances (depending on where you live)? Or is it greener to buy a plastic option that you can use over and over again?

The truth is there is no black and white answer to the question of which kind of tree is better. Tell me what kind you prefer and then weigh in on why in the comments.

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