Why You Consider an Artificial Tree for the Holidays

It seems like this topic comes up every year around the holidays. Should you go out and buy (or cut down) a real tree, or should you invest in an artificial tree that will last for much longer? It’s a great question to ask and just like anything, there are pros and cons to buying both. Here are some great arguments for buying an artificial tree for your next Christmas, however, as opposed to a live tree.


According to Highya, the average artificial Christmas tree in 2018 cost around $104 while the average cost of a real tree was around $78. An artificial tree will last for around 10 years, however, so you are saving a substantial amount over money over a decade. If you were to buy a real tree every year, that would cost you $780 over ten years. Compare that to the $104 that you spend only one time. Not only that, but these numbers aren’t adjusted for inflation. If you buy an artificial tree this year, you’re also saving on 9 years of future inflation costs.


Some people are actually allergic to Christmas trees! An artificial tree is a great alternative that’s allergen friendly. As a matter of fact, Balsam Hills was formed specifically to address this issue when the owner’s relative had an allergic reaction to a freshly cut tree. Pine trees can carry mold and other allergens with them into your house. No one wants to deal with a bad case of allergies around Christmas time, especially if it’s in their own house!

Maintenance and Safety

Maintaining a live tree in your house can be somewhat of a hassle. Live trees need to be watered quite often. Aside from that, your tree will shed numerous needles throughout its time in your home. These needles will need to be swept up daily as they can be quite sharp. If you have small children around, they can potentially get harmed by the pine needles from live trees in your home. Eye injuries from pine needles actually increase around Christmastime according to Review of Optometry. This isn’t particularly surprising considering that it’s a pine tree’s main defense system.


An artificial tree is absolutely a more convenient option for the holidays. If you get a tree that’s prelit, half of the work is already done for you! These Balsam Hill reviews detail the convenience of their trees during setup. While not all trees come with easy-plug technology, an artificial tree is going to more convenient than trying to transport a live one to your house. They can be easily disassembled and stored in their boxes until next season. A live Christmas tree will always need to be transported at least twice – one to your house and then once to the dump.


You can get artificial trees in an array of styles and colors. Do you want a white tree for Christmas? You can do that. How about purple, or even a rainbow tree? The style of your tree is only limited by your imagination. You can order different sizes and fullness depending on your preferences. The only way you’ll get a different-colored live Christmas tree is if you spray paint it, which definitely isn’t recommended.

There are tons of reasons to shop for artificial Christmas trees during the season as opposed to living ones. Not only will it save you time and money, but it can also be a much safer option for children or people who are setting up the tree. No one wants to think of Christmas and be reminded of the time they were blinded in one eye.

Green Goo Helps Review & Giveaway

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Finding a truly organic skincare line that has natural ingredients that not only are good for your skin but for the environment was a daunting task, until Green Goo. Green Goo believes in bringing the purest most natural ingredients from the farm to the “pharmacy,” sourcing sustainable herbs and oils for their product line. Organic could not get any better because Green Goo is 100% made in the USA from a woman-owned, family operated business. Continue reading “Green Goo Helps Review & Giveaway”

Santa Club

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A conversation the other night at dinner originated from speculation of what Santa would bring children, coupled with the science of his worldwide delivery of presents. As each of my three went about debating their theoretical hypotheses for gift giving and explaining what could be compared to quantum physics to be in two places at once for driving his sleigh, they each shared if they still believed. Evolving the conversation into belief in the jolly old fellow, I was surprised at who maintained faith. What was more entertaining was The Chad’s reaction to my inquiry. Later I pressed The Chad stating that eventually we should “have the talk,” his response was more of what I could expect from Tyler Durden in Fight club. We don’t talk about Santa…what the hell is this Santa Club? We don’t talk about Santa? Why not? Continue reading “Santa Club”

Easy Applesauce Ornaments

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Holidays are always a fun time of year for decorating, crafting and baking. So many ideas for homemade and DIY gifts, crafts, baked goods and more. About six years ago when I had more time than patience, I spent an entire holiday season baking, crafting and flexing my creative prowess to her max. One of my all time favorite and easiest holiday crafts to make were applesauce ornaments. My kids absolutely loved them; to this day they still love them because of the fun involved in making them and the smell. This is my recipe for an easy Christmas ornaments project  you can enjoy with your kids each year and for years to come, plus these make wonderful additions to gift wrapping. Continue reading “Easy Applesauce Ornaments”

Celebrate Christmas in July with Hallmark and Feeln

Around October we all begin to groan about how early Christmas has arrived in most stores. In all actuality, most of us really do celebrate Christmas in July. Christmas is about togetherness, family, and all the feels. During the summer months we take time off with our kids to enjoy vacations, togetherness, and the joy of being a family.When we are not enjoying the joys of togetherness, most likely our kids are trying to fight summer boredom. The way my kids have been fighting off summer boredom is by watching streaming television, movies and videos. We have a Roku3 so they have been watching the latest Minecraft videos to brush up on their gaming and Netflix for some of their favorite shows.

Feeln, Hallmark Streaming televisionOne new streaming service is Feeln by Hallmark. Feeln brings you heartfelt movies about love, togetherness and family. Feeln offers a wide variety of handpicked Hollywood favorite titles, Hallmark Hall of Fame features and originals you won’t find anywhere else. Feeln is commercial free and available on a variety of devices from Android, Apple and even on Roku devices.

In fact, Feeln is offering a Free* Roku® Streaming Stick® with a 2 year subscription ($98 value for $47.98).  The Roku streaming stick is a take anywhere gadget. Just plug into any HDMI port on your compatible TV. No wires, no power cords, just plug and play.Roku Streaming stick

Feeln is a screaming deal at only $1.99 per month which is cheaper than any Redbox movie rental. Not to mention the subscription is cheaper than the upgrade fee for unlimited DVD delivery with Netflix. Watch all your favorite Christmas movies this July with your kids or catch up on some of your favorite chick flicks. Don’t miss your opportunity to receive a free Roku streaming stick by celebrating Christmas in July with Hallmark and Feeln.

Disclaimer: Featured image courtesy of Flickr https://flic.kr/p/8QDqe5. Terms and conditions apply to the Christmas in July event. See Feeln.com for more details on the Christmas in July promotion with Feeln, Hallmark and Roku Streaming Stick. The Five Fish % Blondies LLC is not associated with Hallmark, Feeln and or its subsidiaries and is not responsible for the terms, conditions, and or exclusions that may apply to the Feeln subscription service. The Five Fish was compensated for this promotional post.

We Fish you a hairy Chris-moose: Merry Christmas

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas. We hope you all have a wonderful conclusion to your Chanukah and beginning to Christmas tomorrow. Please be safe and enjoy your loved ones. May your days be filled with laughter, joy, love and life. We will be off celebrating the birth of the Son and our Savior. Much love to you all!

Merry Christmas from The Five Fish.