How ‘green’ is your Christmas tree selection?

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MANDAN, N.D. - The countdown to Christmas is on, and Americans are checking their lists, and decking their halls.

Inside those halls, the debate lives on. Should you get a real Christmas tree? Or a plastic pine?

Many opt for synthetic saplings under the guise that it’s better for the environment. But it turns out that might not be true.

According to a recent study – you would have to hold on to that faux fir for at least 20 years to cancel out the carbon footprint it took to make it.

Plus, real Christmas trees are a crop.

Grown and harvested by farmers

“There are people that grow Christmas trees for their livelihood. They’re not out there cutting trees down just for the heck of it,” said Art Owens who runs the Lion’s Club Lot in Mandan.

Owens says, it also comes down to tradition.

“Some people talk about when they were small, then they bring their kids here. We’ve been doing this for over 55 years here at this particular location,” said Owens.

For ardent arborist Willie Mosset, nothing beats the real thing.

“They smell better and they help the environment and they help the Lion’s Club,” said Mosset.

Christmas trees at the Mandan lot will run you about nine dollars a foot – and plastic trees run anywhere from 20, to $200.