Because the Christmas tree is the most prominent decoration for those who celebrate Christmas, the decision to go real or artificial is a Christmas conundrum for some.

Pros and cons on Eco-friendliness, tradition, costs aside, in the end it comes down to personal preference.

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I've done both over the years, and am currently going through a pre-lit artificial tree phase. Mostly because I put my trees up at the beginning of November and since they’re fake, I don’t have to worry about keeping them looking good through the beginning of January.

I do miss the fresh aroma of a real tree that used to greet me when I first walked into the house. I don’t miss the daily needle shedding and having to take it to a Citizen Collections Station after the holidays, though.

If a real tree is the only way you go, here are places I know of where you and the kids can pick one out. Whichever way you choose to go, real or fake, may your Christmas tree survive its annual battle with your cat.

Fresh Cut

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Your local home improvement store is a good place to start. Lowe’s and Home Depot have a pretty good supply this early in the season. Whole Foods on the west side is also selling them.

Tree Tents

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As far as pop-up tents, El Paso Blessed Trees is operating a tree lot on the east side at 11330 Montwood, and on the west side you’ll find Saint Nick’s Trees at 730 Sunland Park Drive next to Union Drafthouse.

Those are the only tree tents I know of, but if you’ve spotted one on your side of town, please let me know.

Potted/Living Tree

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A living tree is one grown in a container that you can plant in your yard after the holidays. Many local nurseries such as Sierra Vista Growers and Eastside Discount Nursery carry them. I’ve also seen smaller living trees for sale in front of a couple of Albertson’s.

Cut Your Own

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El Pasoans not satisfied with procuring their Christmas tree from a big box store or parking lot vendor, and/or looking for a holiday-related outing can pick out and cut down their own up the road in New Mexico at the Lincoln National Forest.

But you can’t just drive over the river and through the woods and start chopping away at the first pine tree that catches your eye. You’ll need to buy a $10 permit first.

Here’s an article detailing what to know about cutting your own tree in the Lincoln National Forest.

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