Christmas is fun for all kinds of reasons. Of course, there are the presents ? and it?s fun to give and receive. Then there are the festivities, with one big feast of good food and drink to look forward to. But you really know Christmas has arrived when it?s time to get the decorations out and make your home sparkle to reflect the joy and fun of the festive season.
Putting up Christmas decorations is always one of the highlights of any December, and of course Christmas trees represent the focal point of homes during Yuletide. But the choice is not easy and the first thing you have to do is deal with the one big dilemma at the heart of the issue: do you go for an artificial Christmas tree or a real one?
Of course, a real tree, by its very nature, offers the authentic sight and smell of the festive season. But it has to be said that a real tree does have its drawbacks. For one, the search for a good real tree is never easy, and can be long and arduous. Then, when you?ve found a suitable one, there?s the problem of transporting the tree and mounting it.
But once those problems are solved, it all seems worthwhile. Until, that is, you have to keep the vacuum cleaner on standby to deal with the shedding of needles. And if you are not careful your magnificent, authentic tree can look like a sad skeleton by Twelfth Night.
That?s when an artificial Christmas tree can seem like the preferable option. There are several advantages to artificial Christmas trees ? including the absence of all the above problems. But the really handy thing is that you don?t even have to leave the comfort of your own home to buy one, as they are available for purchase online from specialist websites.
Artificial Christmas trees come in a range of styles, colours and sizes. If you want something realistic, the quality available is such that in some cases, you?d be hard pressed to tell the difference between the real thing on sight alone.
Of course, many people want something different from the traditional look, and there is plenty of choice out there for them too: white Christmas trees, pink Christmas trees? even black Christmas trees are widely available and suit all kinds of different interior design tastes. These coloured Christmas trees are growing in popularity as people look to stamp their own identity on their Christmas decorations.
Self-lit Christmas trees and LED Christmas trees are another option for those looking for a less traditional approach.
Of course, the major advantage of an artificial Christmas tree is that once you?ve found one you really like, you can use it year after year. Or, if you prefer, you can buy a new one as often as you like and change to suit your mood.
So it looks like the artificial tree wins hands down!