The fresh smell of pine or the perfection of every branch? Which do you prefer?
The debate over real and artificial Christmas trees has been a topic among many residents of Boulder.
The smell of forest and the good production of oxygen are a few reasons why a real tree may be best.
“They are such good oxygen producers and who doesn’t love the aroma of a real tree?” Cottonwood Farm owner and Christmas tree seller Bob Gondon said.
However, Gondon wants people to know that a real-tree buyer can get way more than oxygen and gain a feeling of helpfulness.
“Most of our trees are grown on land that is not suitable for any other crop or harvest,” Gondon said. “When a consumer buys a tree from us, it is going to support the farmers that otherwise would have no income. Also, it is fun to have a tree that doesn’t look like anyone else’s.”
There are many reasons to buy a real Christmas tree, but the artificial tree also has its benefits.
“We have sold more artificial trees than real ones this year and it helps us because they are more expensive,” Boulder Home Depot garden associate Paul Sharpe said.
Not only does it help Home Depot make money, but fake trees can also save consumers money in the long run.
“With fake trees you only have to buy them once,” Sharpe said. “And most of them already have lights on them so you don’t have to take lights off and on. Not to mention most Boulder residents like the fact that they’ll save a tree.”
Boulder residents reflect on what they believe is better: fake or real.
“I always grew up with real Christmas trees because it was a tradition to go and pick one up at the local seller,” senior communication major Lindsey Anderson said. “They are just more fun.”
So whether you are looking for the awkward tilt and shedding pine needles or the perfection and cost-saving tree, Boulder residents can find either type in the area.
Cottonwood Farm is located at 75th and Arapahoe in Boulder, and real trees range from $33 to $60.
Home Depot of Boulder is located at 29th and Arapahoe and artificial trees average $200.