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O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree…..

Are you a real or artificial tree family?  Many people believe that the only way to celebrate the Christmas season is with a real tree.  Others find the convenience of an artificial tree an acceptable alternative.

Every year in the United States, Americans buy over 33 million real Christmas Trees.  At an average price of $41.50 per tree, this represents a total expenditure of over $1.3 billion annually.  Artificial trees account for somewhere over 7.7 million trees per year, at an average cost of $200.00, which adds up to $1.5 billion per year.  Those are big numbers, but what are the real pros and cons?

Real Trees:  Even though many feel that cutting down a real tree to use for 30 days or less and then just kicking it to the curb, is a waste and not environmentally friendly.  However, the fact is that for every tree cut as a Christmas tree each year, on average, 3 seedlings are planted.  This means that over 99 million new trees are planted each year.  In addition to this, the “real Christmas tree” business employees over 100,000 Americans annually.  Real trees not only provide jobs and a financial boost to the economy, they also absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produce oxygen while growing.  In many areas, these trees are recycled as mulch and other by products, making them a good environmental choice. Some people feel that even with the hassle of pine needles, sap, and potential fire, there is no comparison to a real tree, complete with the “Christmas Tree” smell.

Artificial Trees:  This alternative to the real tree first became widely available in the 1930’s.  It offers several benefits over the real tree.  First, there is less mess, and even more importantly, there is a significantly reduced risk of fire.  The cost of these trees is more, up front, but they can last for years, making them more cost effective in the long run.  They are also more convenient, since you don’t have to drive all over town looking for the right tree (although some might argue that this is part of the fun).  To replace the “smell” missing in these trees, there are sprays and other artificial scents available.  The biggest disadvantage of these trees, from an environmental perspective, is that they take many years to break down in a land fill when disposed of.  Most of the artificial trees on the market these days come from China, so they are no help when it comes to restoring American productivity and jobs.

Potted Trees:  This alternative has two options.  One, you pot your own tree, and take it in and out each year.  The other option is “rented” trees.  There are companies that will deliver a potted tree and pick it up after Christmas.  The cost of this alternative is about the same as a real tree that is cut, but there is no searching, mess, and disposal after the holidays.

Whatever type of tree you like, make sure you are bringing it home to a quality built Maronda home!  Maronda has been building new homes in Florida since 1972.  These homes offer exceptional value and energy efficiency.  Maronda has many family oriented plans that provide just the right spot for that Christmas tree, whichever type you prefer.  They have communities all over the South Georgia, North Florida, and Treasure Coast areas.  Stop in today to one of their decorated models or visit online by clicking on one of the links above.

Below are some interesting Christmas tree facts and figures:

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About Jim Marshall

Jim is a construction professional who has been involved in the new home building industry for over 30 years. He is a Certified General Contractor and Certified Home Inspector, and was associated with Maronda Homes for 16 years before embarking on new adventures in the Jacksonvile area in Florida.

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