Live Christmas Trees vs. Artificial: We Have Both in Store and Online

Posted by: on November 3rd, 2012 | 10 Comments
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When it comes to Christmas trees, most folks fall into one of two camps: the Real Christmas Tree Traditionalists, and the Artificial Christmas Tree Pragmatists. There’s something to be said for both approaches to celebrating Christmas, but the sad fact is some Pragmatists secretly wish they could be in the Traditionalist club.

The good news is that The Home Depot has the perfect solution.

Truth be told, Real Christmas Tree Traditionalists secretly feel just a wee bit superior to the Artificial Tree crowd. It takes time and effort, and maybe even a little expert knowledge to acquire a live Christmas tree (or a “real Christmas tree,” as they like to say). And to them, taking the family down to the Christmas tree lot is an important annual event. A tree is something to be earned. And it’s a TREE, by golly. Trees don’t get stored in the attic, they’ll tell you.

Artificial Christmas Tree Pragmatists love Christmas and its traditions as much as anyone. But for them driving to a tree lot, picking the tree, tying it on top of the car and then dragging it from the driveway to the family room can be a hassle. And between late end-of-year meetings at work and holiday pageants at school, it’s hard for them to find time to round up the family for a Christmas tree expedition, as fun as it might be.

So they opt for the convenience of artificial trees. Artificial trees look lovely, and a good quality, nicely decorated artificial tree creates a warm holiday feeling just as good as a cut Christmas tree. There are no pine needles to vacuum up in January. And these days, there are artificial trees that are barely distinguishable from the type grown on a Christmas tree farm.

But still … there’s just something wonderful about having a real Christmas tree in the family room.

Our fresh Christmas trees online come from the Blue Ridge Mountains

We have real Christmas trees and artificial Christmas trees

Here at The Home Depot, we don’t take sides on this great philosophical debate, and we certainly don’t see any need for anyone to reconsider their loyalties to either Christmas tree option.

In the lead up to Christmas, you can choose a beautiful freshly cut Christmas tree at your local Home Depot store. Look for the old-fashioned Christmas tree lot right there in The Home Depot parking lot. We always have a big selection of beautiful, freshly cut trees in several sizes and varieties. But step inside the store, or look online, we also stock a huge variety of lovely artificial Christmas trees in any number of styles.

But here’s the deal for anyone looking for convenience and tradition: Buy your real Christmas tree online from The Home Depot.

It couldn’t be easier. Just choose the size and the week you’d like the freshly cut tree to be delivered. And when we say freshly cut, that’s exactly what we mean. Your tree will be shipped from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina within 24 hours of being cut. It will arrive at your door between about two and eight days, depending on your location.

And we ship only the best live Christmas trees. The USDA Premium Grade Fraser Firs are chosen individually for size, shape and symmetry. And in the very unlikely event there’s something not up to snuff about the tree, you have three days to contact us about it.

That’s it — tradition with convenience. (And if you want to pretend you carried the tree home from the Christmas tree lot, we certainly won’t tell anybody.)

Start shopping online at for all your holiday decorations!



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  1. Hana says:

    does home depot continue to stock christmas trees until christmas eve? i notice they aren’t in the weekly flyer this week, and i’ve not been able to arrange getting out to make my purchase just yet.

    • Craig Allen says:

      Hi, Hana. I just checked with the “Christmas Tree Department”, and word is Home Depot stores should be carrying fresh-cut Christmas trees all the way through December 24. If you are going to wait until the final hour, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to call your local Home Depot store, just be sure… here’s a link to the Store Finder on to look up the phone number.

      Have a Merry Christmas!

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

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  3. Dan says:

    Here at our local Home Depot, they apparently don’t have Christmas trees.

    They have “holiday” trees, and “pine” trees.

    A lot of people were commenting on it, as they walked out.

    I will NEVER shop at Home Depot again.

    • Craig Allen says:

      I’m not sure what’s up with that, Dan.

      There have been recurrent rumors that Home Depot bans the word Christmas, or the word doesn’t appear on our website, or some such nonsense. But I assure you, we LOVE Christmas at The Home Depot, and we love supplying Christmas trees, Christmas ornaments, Christmas lights, Christmas yard decorations, etc. I can’t think of why a Home Depot store would advertise “holiday” trees.

      I hope it didn’t ruin your day.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot.

  4. Christen says:

    Actually, we have a fake tree every year. Not for convenience, but because some people in our family have allergies to fir and pine trees.

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