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Real vs. Fake Christmas Tree: Which is Better?

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There are so many decisions to make around the holidays. What should you get for your family this season? Should you travel or stay home? What will you wear for family Christmas portraits?

With the holiday season right around the corner, the excitement and the holiday spirit are undeniably infectious. Among the myriad decisions to be made, one that prominently stands out is the choice between real and fake Christmas trees. This quintessential debate has been around for quite some time now, and while the final choice boils down to personal preferences, there are certain factors that might help sway your decision one way or the other.

Here, we delve deeper into the pros of both real and fake Christmas trees to provide a comprehensive understanding that might aid in making an informed decision this holiday season.

Embracing the Authenticity of Real Christmas Trees

Tradition and Togetherness

There’s something special about getting the family together, bundling up in your winter clothes, and stopping for a cup of hot cocoa or cider on your way to pick out a Christmas tree. It helps you create a tradition that everyone looks forward to each year and instills a sense of togetherness. 

Life is so hectic all the time – but choosing and decorating a tree together gives the family a reason to stop and appreciate the simple things. Plus, chances are, no one ever looks back fondly on their trip to the storage closet or hardware store to grab the Christmas tree. 

Variety and Uniqueness

Each real Christmas tree is unique in its shape, size, and even scent. Unlike a boxed fake tree, a real tree brings a different aura each year, making each holiday season distinct and memorable. The joy of finding a new tree year after year adds a fresh and exciting element to the festivities.

For Orlando and Central Florida Residents that choose Ciro & Sons Christmas Trees, when you decide to buy a fresh-cut Christmas Tree you’ll have the option to select a tree that fits your exact needs. From tall any skinny trees, to wide, lush, and full tress that make a statement — Ciro & Sons has the best Christmas tree selection in Florida.

Did you know that whether you visit our lot or reserve online, you’ll have the opportunity for a Ciro & Sons expert to assist you in finding your perfect tree? Simply let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll either show you! For early reservations, you’ll be able to specify exactly what style of tree you’d like and we’ll select the perfect tree for you prior to delivery.

Aromatic Ambiance

The aromatic essence of a real Christmas tree is incomparable. The fresh pine scent wafting through the home is emblematic of the holiday season, something that artificial scents and sprays struggle to replicate. Even better, the natural and real scent of a fresh-cut Christmas tree persists longer than artificial chemical-based scents.

Easier Fixes for Last Minute Light Stand Outages

Have you ever experienced a Christmas light strand going dark due to a one or more bulbs that have blown? If so, you’ll know how frustrating it is to chase down that illusive blown bulb. Even modern LED stands suffer from bulb complications. The good news is that, unlike fake Christmas trees, you won’t have to toss your Christmas tree if you can’t track down the problem. With a real Christmas tree, you can simply replace the strand if a simple change of a single bulb doesn’t fix the problem.

Real Christmas Trees are an Eco-Friendly Choice

Contrary to what one might assume, opting for a real Christmas tree is an eco-friendly choice. Christmas tree farming contributes to the environment by absorbing carbon dioxide, and with each tree cut, farmers plant new ones, ensuring a continuous green cycle. Moreover, real trees are 100% biodegradable, making them a sustainable choice as they return to the earth post festivities.

Plus, depending upon your local regulations and laws, disposing of a Christmas tree can be a great family activity, as they can be great fuel for a bonfire if done so carefully.

Real Christmas Trees Can be Flocked

Flocking is a technique which, when skillfully applied, provides a real Christmas tree with the appearance of freshly fallen snow. Unlike colored fake Christmas trees (which are mostly colored evenly and generally provide for an unnatural appearance), flocking a real Christmas tree looks nearly identical to real snow. Ciro & Sons offers both white flocking and flocking in multiple other colors, such as  blue, pink, orange, red, and black.

No Fluffing Branches!

Real Christmas trees require minimal adjustments and fluffing. Their natural shape, beauty, and rigid branches provide for a constant, lush appearance. With minimal care requirements, real Christmas trees are a beautiful and easy choice for your holiday decor.

The Convenience of Fake Christmas Trees


Investing in a fake Christmas tree is budget-friendly choice, with most fake Christmas trees lasting several years. Especially during the holiday season when expenses soar, having a reusable tree can ease the financial burden slightly. However, this budget-friendly option can quickly turn into a problem if a pre-lit fake Christmas tree suffers multiple bulb or electrical issues that require replacement of the tree.


For those residing in apartments, especially on higher floors or in large complexes, maneuvering a real tree in and out can be a cumbersome task. Fake Christmas trees, compact and easy to handle, are a more apartment-friendly choice.

Creative Colors

While not as beautiful as flocking on a real Christmas tree, fake Christmas trees may be purchased in several colors. If traditional green trees don’t align with your holiday decor aesthetics, fake Christmas trees offer a plethora of color options. From pristine whites to vibrant pinks and blues, there’s a fake tree to match every unique style and preference.

No Shedding Needles

Fake Christmas trees require more set up than a real Christmas tree, as often the box or container they are in compress the branches so that each branch requires stretching an fluffing. However, fake Christmas trees do not require watering and do not shed needles. For some households, this may be a benefit worth considering.

Visit Ciro & Sons for the Best Real Christmas Trees in Orlando

Order your Christmas tree early this year with Ciro & Sons! We have the best Fraser Fir collection in Orlando. We look forward to giving you your tree this holiday season. Merry Christmas!

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