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The hardest part about Christmas is deciding what type of tree you want in your home. I am here to tell you that artificial trees are the only way to go.

Tradition tells you that a live Christmas tree is what you want, but artificial trees are better than real trees for several reasons.

These trees are reusable year-after-year, meaning they are more cost-efficient and eco-friendly. A 2011 Nielsen survey found that, although real trees initially cost less, it is cheaper to invest in a reusable, artificial Christmas tree.

They are easy to assemble — most are already equipped with lights — and you can leave them up for as long as you like. When you are ready to take them down, they are easily deconstructed and easy to store.

Websites like treetopia.com allow you to customize your very own Christmas tree. These trees come in various shapes, sizes and colors.Tired of the dull green of a traditional Christmas tree? Artificial trees are offered in numerous colors including green, white, blue, gold, silver and even rainbow.

They range in sizes from under six feet to as grand as 30 feet tall. They are available in several styles including spiral, upside-down, tiered and twig. This grants you the ability to choose the fullness and style of your Christmas tree; it gives you the control over what your tree looks like.

Fake trees do not require the same amount of upkeep and maintenance as real trees. They do not need to be watered, the needles do not fall off, and they do not rot. Why put up with the hassle of a real tree when you can invest in one you do not have to worry about and can use again?

Artificial trees are also flame retardant. They do not pose the same fire hazards as real trees. The lights on your live tree could cause it to catch fire.

Additionally, most fake trees are hypoallergenic. People tend to believe that they are allergic to the scent of real trees, but the smells are not responsible for their allergies. (Another great thing about fake trees: they do not smell like real ones.) A study conducted in 2011, by the SUNY Upstate Medical University, found that real Christmas trees carry mold spores that can trigger a person’s allergies.

This time of the year should be focused on friends and family. Do not let the debate between real or artificial trees ruin your jolly holiday. The choice is simple — artificial Christmas trees: the only way to go.