No matter the family, there is always a debate over which type of Christmas tree is better, the artificial one or the real thing. 

As much as I love the smell of fresh pine, I don’t see anything wrong with having a fake tree. I only ever grew up with my family having a fake tree in the house, so that’s what I’ve learned to like.

You can put up a fake tree weeks or even months in advance to the holidays, whereas real trees have a time limit, so you can’t enjoy them for as long.

Although artificial trees are often more expensive than real ones, my family has had the same one for ten plus years, and it still looks as good as it did on the first Christmas they bought it.

Fake trees also don’t shed loose needles and are maintenance free. Real trees, on the other hand, shed a lot of needles in the process of being moved and adjusted. You also need to put them in a pot and change out the water in order for it to last as long as possible.

A fake tree will always be evenly proportioned and have perfect shape. You don’t need to worry about the branches being patchy and irregular because it’s nothing a little adjusting year to year can’t fix.

Artificial trees also come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can pick the height as well as the width. You can get a tree that’s a perfect tear drop shape, or one that’s on the leaner side.

Also, fake trees come in more than just one shade of green. You can choose a white one or a silver one or a green one that has snow evenly dispersed on all the branches that will never melt.

Artificial trees also come with the option of being pre-lit. Our family tree has white lights already strung on it, and the best part is that the lights have different settings as well as a timer. This way, we can set the timer for 4:30 p.m., just as it’s beginning to get dark, until 10:00 p.m. when we all go to bed. Also, when the lights are on certain setting, the tree looks like it's glowing and it makes the garland shine.

It is also very easy to get a small fake tree if you’re pressed for space. For me, I brought my mini artificial white tree to Gonzaga my first year there so that I could decorate it and bring an element of Christmas into my dorm room before I went home for break. I also only had enough room for my foot and a half tall tree, and I didn’t have to worry about it dying while I was at home because it wasn’t real.

Overall, artificial trees are extremely college student friendly because it is easy to pick one up at Target or to order it online prior to the Christmas season. This way, students can enjoy a little piece of yuletide joy before they go home for the holidays.

Tess Pickar is a staff writer. 

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