Nothing can take the place of a Christmas tree when it comes time to decorate our homes for the holidays. The tree is the focal point of the Christmas décor and sets the tone for the style and colours of all the other festive decorations.

The pleasure of decorating the tree is what counts the most, whether you choose to have a natural or an artificial one. Both types of trees have their pros and cons.

The advantages of a natural tree:

  • It fills the house with a wonderful aroma
  • It has a natural look (which is always more beautiful)
  • It’s an ecological option — natural trees do not contribute to deforestation, as they are cultivated for this purpose. Gas and oil use are minimal in their production; they can be composted; and they are produced locally or regionally
  • It doesn’t require storage space

The advantages of an artificial tree:

  • It is simple to set up
  • It doesn’t lose its needles
  • It doesn’t need to be watered
  • If kept for more than ten years it could end up being less expensive than buying a natural tree every year

To avoid a “busy” effect when decorating your Christmas tree, choose a style or theme for your decorations. Here are a few examples: mo­nochrome decorations, an­tique look, modern style, food theme (figures made of gingerbread or pastry), or a wild touch (feathers, synthetic fur, reindeers). Once you’ve chosen your theme, take the time to find decorations that go well together and that will create the look you want.