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Christmas Tree Quandary: Real, Fake, or Rented?

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Is it the dangling ornaments glinting with sparkle that triggers warm memories? Or is it the scent of fresh pine wafting through the house carried on balmy SoCal breezes? If you're getting a Christmas tree this holiday season, and you didn't rush to your favorite local lot or to the garage where your faux tree is stashed right after the Thanksgiving leftovers were tossed in Tupperware, you've got some decisions to make: Real, fake, or rented?If you're torn between real and fake, it could be for ecological reasons. Well, which option is greener? You might find this Pro-and-Con list from Apartment Therapy helpful. You can recycle your real tree, but your fake tree can get used year after year after year after...well, you know. Of course, you have to haul that real tree from the lot to your house to the curb or recycling spot. Then again, those fake trees are made with harmful chemicals in places like China, so that haul isn't eco-friendly.

You can skip the hauling around and still get the live tree experience if you opt to rent your holiday greenery. CBS2 profiles The Living Christmas Co., a company that "will bring to you (no lugging, no fuss) a live Christmas tree to your doorstep. It’s potted. And when Christmas is over, they’ll come back and haul it away and put it back in their nursery."