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Seven Little Known Facts About Fake Christmas Trees

Christmas Tree on whiteReal or fake tree?  That is the question facing thousands of Crofton area residents each December as they start pulling holiday decorations out of the closet or in from the garage. 

How much will the tree cost?  Which is easier to put up (and take down)?  Which looks better?  Which is safer?

I did a little exploring online and found a lot of information to help answer these questions.  For example, the Maryland Christmas Tree Association offers a description of different Tree Types and information about How to Care for Your Farm-Grown Fresh Christmas Tree.

There’s even a game on the National Christmas Tree Association website that you and your children will want to play online:  Attack of the Mutant Artificial Trees.

 

These and other websites shared a lot of information about artificial Christmas trees, as well, and I narrowed it all down to these…

Seven Little-Known Facts About Fake Christmas Trees

1.  Artificial Christmas trees first appeared in Germany in the late 1800’s.  Trees constructed of metal were covered with goose, turkey, ostrich or swan feathers which were died green to imitate pine needles.

2.  Artificial Christmas trees as we know them today were first created in the 1930’s by the Addis Brush Company using machinery built for making toilet brushes.

3.  Most fake Christmas trees in the United States today come from China. MORE

4.  Most artificial trees are currently made of metals and plastics (PVC) which may contain lead.  WebMD says Beware of Lead in Christmas Trees and Lights.

5.  Artificial trees aren’t necessarily fire-proof or fire-resistant, regardless of any warnings (Lights on Christmas Tree Spark KC House Fire).  In fact, an artificial tree may resist flames initially, but the smoldering PVC gives off hydrogen chloride gas and dioxin before it eventually burns.

6.  Artificial Christmas trees are unfriendly to the environment because they eventually end up in a landfill.  Unlike real trees, they are not biodegradable.  In fact, real trees are often recycled and don’t end up in a landfill at all.

7.  Artificial Christmas trees aren’t “cheap” any more.  The really stunning ones often cost $500+.  You can purchase live trees for many years before you spend what it costs to buy a nice artificial tree.

 

If you’re thinking about cutting down your own live tree this year, The Maryland Christmas Tree Association does not list any “Choose and Cut” farms in Anne Arundel County, Maryland – but you won’t have to go far.  Check out the list on their website for locations within an hour of Crofton in nearby Howard and Prince George’s Counties, as well as other counties throughout Maryland.

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