Christmas Trees: Real or Fake?

Katy Beth Boyers, Editor

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Now that it is December, many people are getting their real Christmas trees to decorate for the holidays.

Although some families prefer to decorate fake trees during the holidays, the majority of teachers and students at JPII reported that they choose to use real trees.

“I like the smell of Christmas,” Ms. Strobel said. “I also hate having to clean up and box up a fake Christmas tree instead of throwing out a real Christmas tree or burning it.”

Senior Heidi Uhl agreed saying, “They’re traditional.”

Senior Ethan Ingram prefers a real Christmas tree “because people have been chopping down trees for years as a tradition.” He added, “I like the smell, but I don’t like them dropping needles. Even the Pope likes real Christmas trees.”

According to an article by Rome Reports, the Pope received a 28-metre real Christmas tree from Poland that will be decorated and displayed in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City.

Below are some more quotes from JPII teachers:

“I always prefer a real tree. Every year we talk about getting a fake one and end up getting a real Christmas tree.” –  Mrs. Gibbs.

“I like the smell of a real tree, although I feel bad cutting it down. That’s the tree-hugger in me.” – Mrs. Smith.

“I prefer a Christmas tree, but I have a fake one because it is easier to put up.” – Mrs. Eatman.

“I had a fake one last year, but for preference I like real Christmas trees.” – Fr. Gistrap.

“I prefer a real Christmas tree, but never had one. I like the smell.” – Ms. Judson.

Here is a look at the pros and cons:

In conclusion, almost everyone prefers a real Christmas tree (including Pope Francis), and while there are a few cons, people see many positives of having a real tree that outweigh the negatives. Check out our current poll to voice your opinion on fake and real trees.

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