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Real vs. artificial Christmas trees

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Real vs. artificial Christmas trees
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For many families, the holidays wouldn't be the same without a Christmas tree. But not everyone goes out and cuts down a real tree. Many people prefer artificial trees and stores say this option is becoming more popular each year. But will real trees ever go out of style? As our Cara Thomas found out, it's all a matter of preference.

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Every Christmas tree is unique. Some are big, some are small. Some have colored lights, others have white lights. But the biggest difference you’ll find, is that some are real and some will never die.

Roger McReynolds, a Utica resident, said, "My wife and I now decided we like the artificial tree. We can have it up longer. She likes to have it up six or seven weeks and it lasts a long time."

While Ken Wlock, from Frankfort, disagrees, "When I was a kid we used to have the little pipe cleaner tree and I didn't really like it. And family, cousins and what not would have the real tree and it's just the smell, the lights, the look and all that."

Clearly, it’s all a matter of preference. Families like the Wlocks say the tradition of picking out their perfect Christmas tree is something they look forward to every year. Cutting down their tree and hauling it home is all worth it, when the tree’s aroma fills their home. To them, an artificial tree isn't an option.

"I'll stick with the real tree, it's the traditions and things like that. To me it's just better," said Wlock.

But other families like the simplicity of an artificial tree. It's cost efficient, doesn't make a mess and it’s easy to put up and take down. Many people say while they miss the smell of a real tree, the other problems, they don't miss at all.

"Whether the tree would go in well, whether it fit it in the house, whether you had to trim it, did it fit in the stand? Had a few fall over. So all of that made our decision pretty easy actually," said McReynolds.

Managers at Lowe’s home improvement store say the ease of an artificial tree seems to be catching on. They’ve seen an increase in artificial tree sales over the years. But they say real trees will never go out of style.

"I would sell about 200 fresh cut trees, artificial, I'll sell about 50 to 75 each year," says Shannan Knoop, Lowes' assistant store manager.

So whether you get your Christmas tree from a farm or from a box, families say it doesn't matter. They say it's the traditions and time together that make getting and decorating a Christmas tree so special. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP