By Ashley Mepham

Jesuit High School, Jesuit Crusaders

With Christmas season coming around the corner, many families are getting ready to buy their Christmas trees for this year.

However, families must choose how to buy their tree. Either they will enjoy the old and rustic tradition searching and cutting down their own tree in the cold, or they can enjoy the comfortable and quick, yet artificial, experience of buying a pre-cut tree.

For those families who enjoy more of a Griswold Family Christmas, they will search and search the outdoors for the perfect tree. People enjoy this age-old tradition because they have a wide range of options to choose from.

“It feels Christmas-y, and get to pick the one that you really want,” says Junior Cole Arenz.

Others enjoy different factors of cutting down their tree.

“We usually pick out the biggest,” says Sophomore Carolyn Griffith. “Then when it’s being cut down we all get to yell: ‘TIMBERRRR’”.

However, exploring a christmas tree farm can also be not so pleasant.

“It’s muddy sometimes-but it’s definitely worth it,” adds Griffith.

This may be the reason why only 14% of Christmas trees purchased each year are U-cut (National Christmas Tree Association). Also, trees that require being cut down tend to be much more expensive. Perhaps that’s why 86% of trees bought each year are pre-cut.

For families who tend to be constantly on the go, driving all the way out to a Christmas tree farm and spending hours finding the right tree does not seem so appealing. The quick and easy stop of a Christmas tree lot can sometimes be much more appealing, as well as being a little warmer. That’s why some people, such as sophomore Jax Garret, prefer a pre cut tree.

“[I like that] I don’t have to waste time going and cutting a tree,” says Jax.

No matter how you get your christmas tree this season, it seems like every family faces the same problem:

“[We] argue over which tree is the best,” says Jax.

That being said, people often wonder what kind of tree to buy. After all, there is nothing worse than having more needles on the ground than on your tree.

According to many tree farmers, the trees that last the longest are Firs, over pines and spruces. Also, it’s very important to remember to water your tree, especially with in the first few hours of bringing it home (boston.com).

However, after Christmas when the needles begin piling up, recycling your trees is important. Drop-off recycling centers and pick-up services will begin shorty after Christmas Day.

“We throw it [our Christmas tree] in our trailer and we recycle it!” says Carolyn Griffith.

Originally published on www.Jesuitcrusader.org

About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (www.wantnewsforteens.com).

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