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Real Christmas or fake Christmas ... tree?

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For people who decorate for Christmas, "tis the season" to answer to age-old question: real or fake tree?

Between them, more than 40 million trees will be sold this year, and the vast majority will be the "real-thing".

But sales of artificial trees are growing and expected to top a billion dollars.

At a Houston nursery, where both varieties are in high-demand, managers say there's something to be said about each choice.

"Real trees smell great, they look good.  There's nothing like a fresh Christmas tree," says Cornelius Nursery manager Eddie Russell.  "Now artificial trees: there's some domestic tranquility there.  They come out of a box, ready to go: non-allergenic, flame retardant, pre-lit.  Instant tree.  There's a lot to be said for that."

The National Christmas Tree Association says, nationwide, the average price for a real tree is $35, while artificial ones average double that price.

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