There are records of the first-ever Christmas trees, from almost 9,000 years ago! They say that people in Europe hung their evergreen fir trees upside down, to mark the holiday season. The trees would have been fastened to chandeliers and lighting hooks inside the home. Otherwise, people would have put the trees inside pots, like what is common-place today.

Yet, fairly early in the evolution of the Christmas tree, faux trees also became popular. That’s because in 19th century Germany, the tops of large fir trees became sought after, so it became customary to cut off the tops of the trees for use as a Christmas tree. The remainder of the large fir would usually die because of exposure to insects, disease, and sunburn. So, instead of cutting the tops of these large trees, Germans began to make fake trees out of feathers. These fake trees would be shaped and died so that they truly resembled the evergreen fur. Of course, they were not quite as luxurious as the real thing but they were only the beginning in the evolution of the fake Christmas tree…

Despite the origin of fake Christmas trees in Germany, they became commercialized elsewhere too. Especially since, whenever Germans would travel, they would bring their fake trees with them, exposing the trees to other continents, like North America. In the 1950’s, fake trees became much more diversified in appearance and there were many more colors to choose from, as well as fancier designs. Not only were there trees available in feather material, they became produced in other synthetics, like aluminum.   

Christmas aside, the fake fir tree also had other uses in history, like in WWI when the allies began engineering fake trees for the war. They would send an artist out into the forest battle grounds to draw up a fir tree as accurately as possible. They would then re-create the tree, make out of metal, to be used as a place for one soldier to hide in, to spy on the enemy and launch unexpected attacks. When all other trees had fallen because of explosions, this one fake tree would still be standing, so the axis, had taken awe at this unusual event. Of course, over time, they caught on and began to develop their own fake trees. So, while the origins of fir trees is diversified, which includes war and saving the tops of large trees, today there are even more reasons to own a fake tree…

Real trees have drawbacks, such as that they’re oftentimes thrown away, which is bad for the environment. One should go to their local city center, where the real trees can be recycled properly, like run through a chipper, to make mulch. To avoid the hassle of recycling a real tree, some opt to buy a fake tree. Yet, the fake tree may also have negative impact on the environment because of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PVC can never be recycled and also releases harmful emissions. So, environmentally speaking both the real and fake tree have drawbacks, however fake trees may cause lesser harm when used over many years. That’s why it’s important for people to love their fake tree, since it should be kept for about 20 years! Otherwise, use a fake tree that’s made out of feather trees, which is all natural.  

Other reasons why people love fake trees is because rather than being limited to the trees, left on a lot, like with a real tree, they can get custom-made fake trees to fit their specific needs. Fake trees come in any color, even crazy ones, like red Christmas trees, black Christmas trees, and pink Christmas trees. The trees also can be a variety of sizes, heights, and styles that are as extravagant or minimalist as one’s heart desires. One doesn’t even have to worry about missing out on the natural scent of pine, since fragrances can be sprayed onto the tree. Misting natural oils onto fake trees are safe to inhale and they also provide a more lasting aroma, compared to the natural tree, which loses its scent over time.

Another major advantage of the fake tree is that it’s less work overall. Think about it – it’s time to start getting the tree set up, so rather than taking the long trek to the nearest tree dealer, one just has to take a trip to their storage closet and take out their fake tree that’s been sitting and waiting for them all year long. There’s no pot to set up and fill with water, rather it’s an easily installed stand that one just has to prop their fake tree inside. Fake trees are generally much lighter than real, so moving them around to get them into the perfect position is a simple feat. Once the tree has been all set up, one doesn’t have to worry about cleaning fallen pine needles, nor do they have to worry about them accumulating on the floor over time.

Another aspect that can be very cool about fake trees is their added features. Some of them come as prelit Christmas trees, so there’s no need to awkwardly wrap lights between branches, since the lights are built in. Fake trees may even have bendable branches, which is great for positioning large numbers of hanging ornaments.

So, while there are those who cannot get enough of the traditional real tree, others may find many of the perks of the fake tree worth the switch. It can even be useful just to have a high quality fake tree on hand for those Christmas’ when it’s too busy and too much work to go out and get a real tree. Fake trees are incredibly durable and look great year after year, so no one ever needs more than one. They tend to be a very affordable one time purchase as well. What’s more, is that a fake Christmas tree can be complemented with real pieces of pine, like Christmas garlands and other décor, like wreaths, for an undeniably festive feel in the home.