Is it beginning to feel a lot like Christmas? Whether you're still looking at Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale or you've already closed the deal, spending Christmas in a new home has to be very exciting. Our REALTORS® want to remind those who celebrate the holiday that they have one more decision to make very soon: What kind of Christmas tree should grace your home?
- What are your options?
At first blush, you might think you must choose between real and artificial. But some folks find that with a little bit of imagination, they can create an alternative to traditional trees that can fill the house with the spirit of the season with minimal cost in either money or time. That could be very helpful if your budget was stretched to the limit to buy the house. If that's the case, don't hesitate to wrap the front door like the perfect present that it is!
- What's so great about a real tree?
Selecting the tree can be a real adventure. There are dozens of Christmas tree farms in the area where you can select and cut your own tree. Don't feel like trudging through the snow and don't want to buy an ax? That's OK. Most farms have pre-cut options on their lots. Speaking of lots, you'll find plenty around town, too. The smell is absolutely heavenly! Fresh pine, fir, and spruce all have gorgeous distinguishing characteristics, starting with the shape and size of their needles. You can end the outing with hot chocolate and cookies to start your celebrations.
When it's time to take the tree down, it's nice to know that it's entirely biodegradable. If you have a fireplace, you can chop it into small pieces to support a fragrant, warm fire. Fallen needles are a great mulch for your garden. The rest of the tree makes a great base for a compost pile.
- Then why buy an artificial tree?
It's absolutely easier to take the tree out of storage and set it up than to go shopping for one every year. Most artificial trees are already pre-lit, so you don't need to worry about stringing the lights. They are cleaner, don't shed their needles, and don't require daily maintenance. While they aren't biodegradable, you can use them year after year. They are generally fire-resistant, taking the danger of burning off the table. They're made to be perfect trees, so you don't have to worry about one area being sparse while another is full. Branches are heavy wire, so large ornaments generally won't weigh down the branches.
- Which one is the cheapest way to go?
That's also debatable. A real tree will generally cost quite a bit less than an artificial tree of the same size. If, however, you average the cost of the artificial tree for five years, it will be the more economical choice in the long run.
- Is there a way to compromise?
Sure! You can get an artificial tree to enjoy the convenience and still enjoy that evergreen fragrance by hanging a natural wreath or garland. If you have room, you can display more than one tree. You can put the big tree in the living room and a small one in a foyer or den. There's no wrong way to display your tree.
If you're still house shopping, contact us right away. We'll help you find the perfect home for next Christmas!