Real Vs. Artificial Trees

Thanks to Wayfair for sponsoring this post, all opinions are my own.

realistic artificial treeArtificial trees.

Either you’re for them or you’re totally against them. We have always been a real-Christmas-tree-only family but last month I started to reconsider that idea. This year is the first year ever that we decided to go with an artificial tree. There are a few reasons for that, but the main reason for me was because I wanted to be able to put it up earlier. With all the work involved in putting it up (we have to rearrange furniture to make it fit) and decorating it, it’s nice to be able to enjoy it longer than two weeks.

After spending hours researching trees online, this 6.5 pre-lit Fir* is what I decided to go with.

artificial tree with lights


Even though I chose to go with an artificial tree this year, I was still very skeptical if I would like it or not. On the day it arrived I opened the box and was thinking how weird it was to have a Christmas tree that came out of a box.

artificial tree


I began assembling it, it came in only 3 sections.

putting together an artificial tree


Here’s what it looked like after assembling the first section. By assembling I mean just inserting the section into the base. It is super easy to put this together.

assembling artificial trees


Once I had the three sections together (which took all of 10 minutes) I started arranging the branches. The branches on this tree are on hinges, so you pull them down and fluff them out. This part took longer than assembling it, but once you’ve done that you’re done. I am really liking the pre-lit aspect of this. The lights are evenly distributed throughout the tree. It looked beautiful even without any ornaments on it.

pre-lit artificial christmas tree


Here’s a closer look at the branches. They’re very realistic looking.

pre-lit artificial Christmas tree that looks real

I think one of the main concerns for me and anyone who lives in a smaller space is having to store the tree all year. I was telling my mom this and she mentioned that you can buy   storage bags  to keep the tree in, which is better than keeping it in a giant canister or box. They come in different shapes, some like duffel bags and some bags are more square.

Another argument for having a real tree is the smell that fills your house. Since we wont get that from the tree this year, I added live garland all around the house instead.

One last thing I really like about the artificial tree, is I don’t have to worry about my pets eating the branches or drinking the water from the base. I’m putting some final Christmas touches in this room and I’ll be back Wednesday to show you that. I really love how it came out! In the mean time, you can check out my family room home tour here.

artificial trees that looks real



You can see Wayfair’s large selection of artificial trees here.

*Thanks to Wayfair for sponsoring this post, you can read my full disclosure here.


  1. What a great guide! I wasn’t sure which to pick for this year’s christmas tree, but now I know exactly which one I want. Thanks for sharing the tips!

  2. I’ve always had real trees, but I’m going to get an artificial one on clearance after Xmas this year. I hope it looks as pretty as yours!

    1. Thanks Jenny, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I like this tree!

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