Christmas Controversy



Whether artificial or natural, Christmas trees are everywhere.

Natalia Garcia, Features Editor

   It’s that time of the year again: houses with sparkling lights, hot chocolate, exchanging gifts, and most importantly: Christmas trees. That’s right, Christmas is just around the corner and so is the debate of choosing between purchasing a natural or an artificial tree. Many argue that the environmental ramifications are long-lasting. 

   The non-profit organization Onetreeplanted stated that “yes, real Christmas trees are more eco-friendly and a better choice for the environment. It may feel counter-intuitive, but it’s much more sustainable to cut down a real tree each year.” They also stated that the creation of artificial trees takes up a lot of resources and causes pollution in our oceans since the plastic components aren’t biodegradable.

   However, English teacher Mr. Sandefur thinks the exact opposite.

   “I heard in a study that if you keep your artificial tree for more than 10 years, it’s better for the environment in contrast with a real tree that takes resources to grow and cut down. I’ve always gotten an artificial Christmas tree.” 

   Senior Lily Ladson thinks artificial trees are better for the environment.

   “Thousands of trees are cut down, and then after a couple of weeks are thrown away. I think it’s just a waste. Artificial trees last longer.” 

   Senior Victoria Pinedo believes that artificial trees are the better alternative

   “Artificial Christmas trees are the better option for those who are looking to put up a tree. While I understand the tradition of choosing and cutting down a Christmas tree, in the long run, artificial trees are better because they preserve the fragility of the environment.” 

   Natural and artificial trees have their pros and cons, but what a person chooses to purchase comes down to what they believe is best for their Christmas experience.