Does NJ prefer real or artificial Christmas trees?

Last weekend, it seemed like every third or fourth car you passed in suburban New Jersey had a Christmas tree on the roof of their vehicle.

It’s a scene that will be repeated over the next few weekends leading up to Christmas.

If New Jersey is like the rest of the country, people seem to prefer artificial trees more than 2 to 1.

Artificial trees are more popular than real: 67.4% of Americans say their most important Christmas or holiday tree is an artificial one, while 32.6% choose a real tree, according to the Rocket Homes poll.

While so many people seem concerned about climate change, you might think buying an artificial tree is better for the environment than chopping down a tree to put in your home for a few weeks.

You would be wrong.

Most artificial trees come from China and are made from petroleum-based materials.

Dennis Malloy photo

Dennis Malloy photo

The process of making these beautifully authentic looking trees and then shipping them all over the world leaves a significant carbon footprint.

Artificial Christmas trees are made of PVC plastic and mainly shipped from China. A single artificial tree has a carbon footprint of about 40 kg CO2.

For as long as I can remember, our family has bought real trees, both as a kid and when I was raising my kids.

Rows of Christmas trees


We prefer the scent of Fraser Fir. They are usually from Canada.

In recent years, problems with either the trees or the closure of certain tree farms have resulted in some tree species being expensive or very difficult to find.

If you need help choosing the right tree type, click here.

We have received trees from garden centres, churches and most recently a local garden centre/market.

Dennis Malloy/Townsquare Media

Dennis Malloy/Townsquare Media

Johnson’s Farm in Medford gets it right with a variety of trees, and Santa Claus drives his sleigh pulled by a tractor through the parking lot. (The reindeer union won’t let them work on weekends)

Santa hasn’t had children on his lap in a couple of years due to the pandemic, but some places are doing so again.

Dennis Malloy/Townsquare Media

Dennis Malloy/Townsquare Media

My daughter loves anything Christmas related, but she hasn’t sat on his lap in a few years.

After all the lifting and tying of the tree on the roof, trimming the excess trunk to fit the house, and the seemingly endless decorating, the end product looks pretty amazing.

The opinions expressed in the post above are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Dennis Malloy only.

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