May 30, 2008, Newsletter Issue #118: Artificial Christmas Trees

Tip of the Week

Can you believe there was a time when candles were strategically placed on live Christmas trees and actually lit? When it comes to safety, the artificial Christmas tree industry has come a long way. But even that had to evolve to what it is today. Chopping down a forest for the holidays isn’t popular by today’s standards, and it wasn’t popular in the mid 1800s when Germany had to put a stop to all the cutting. It was right around that time that they began to introduce table-top goose feather trees as a way to manage deforestation.

From the mid 1960s on, artificial Christmas trees began to gain popularity. There was no mess, they were safer than letting a real tree dry out beneath hot Christmas lights, and you could buy really “groovy” trees that were shiny silver.

Today, consumers have the benefit of choosing from a variety of trees including top-of-the line (and safe!) LED or fiber optic trees. LED (light emitting diodes) trees are designed to produce a high intensity light with minimal heating. That means you don’t have to worry about your crazy cat knocking over the tree and starting a fire. It also means you can enjoy hours of glorious light on those dark winter nights, without worrying about high electric bills, or overheating and drying out a typical live tree.

Don’t be afraid to get turned on to artificial Christmas trees! LED pre-lit trees are a safe and stunning alternative to a live tree.

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