Why Are Artificial Christmas Trees So Popular?

So convincingly realistic, artificial Christmas trees are now difficult to distinguish from real ones. Nathan James Dodd discovers that no needle drop, annual reuse and a great range of natural styles are among the reasons why artificial trees are increasing in popularity.

Created by Nathan James Dodd on Tuesday, 25th of November, 2014.
Updated on Wednesday, 14th of December, 2016.


Artificial Christmas Trees

One definite advantage is that artificial Christmas trees can be positioned anywhere in the house, this includes next to radiators that dry out natural trees leading to even more needle drop.

Even if a natural tree is watered, with only a small root ball or none at all, it will be dying before you purchase it. Then after a fortnight or so it will have to be taken to the dump.

Saving Time And Expense

With an artificial tree, its pristine shapely appearance remains indefinitely and you just pack it away in a storage bag after Christmas, ready for next year. All this saves you lots of time and no little expense.

The most realistic trees can replicate not only pine, fir and spruce but different types of those trees such as Nobilis or Brunswick Fir and come decorated with cones and berries. Others are weighed down with snow or have a dusting of frost.

Easy to Erect

With hinged branches and stands, artificial trees are easy to display, there's no need to saw off the bottom or to manoeuvre it into a bucket with the sharp needles cutting into your hands.

Decorating the tree with lights and Christmas ornaments is also less painful, with the lifelike branches made from a new soft material that's also a totally realistic texture and colour.

There is normally a choice of height, anything from table top trees to ones that tower over you at 8ft tall, so whether you live in a mansion or bedsit, there's one for you. 

LEDs And Fibre Optics

Artificial trees can come splendidly ready decorated with baubles and bells, and pre-lit with LEDs so saving you lots of time, trouble and he expense of buying these extra items.

Fibre Optic trees are another modern innovation, sparkling and shimmering with colour, the fibre optic strands produce a memorable display.  

Finally, there are more stylised trees such as Premier's Poinsettia and the new pop-up trees in a myriad of colours that can be unpacked and displayed in minutes.

With all this choice it's no wonder artificial tree sales are increasing each year.

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