By JEANETTE QUEZADA, KBAK/KBFX
Heavenly Pine Trees has four different lots around Bakersfield, California.
The church-owned Christmas tree lot has been selling trees for 11 years, offering a wide selection of fresh-cut trees from Oregon and Washington.
Assistant pastor Robert Amparano said many people struggle deciding between a fake or real tree.
“A lot of people come in here and they say, 'Well, we bought an artificial tree, but you know what? We’re going to go back to a fresh tree,'" he said.
Amparano said artificial trees are convenient, but they don’t awaken the senses of the Christmas spirit the way the smell of a real tree does.
“When you buy an artificial tree, it’s just take it out the box, plug it in, and it’s kind of taking away what the true value of Christmas all was at the beginning,” he said.
While real trees offer a Christmas scent, Amparano said they also require proper maintenance and disposal.
On the other hand, artificial Christmas trees are reusable and are cost-effective options in the long run.
Sergio Hidrogo and his family had been shopping around for their Christmas tree.
Sunday, they finally found the one they were looking for.
Hidrogo said they considered buying an artificial tree, but changed their mind.
“I’m kind of assuming (artificial trees are) probably be a little bit pricier, because you can reuse them every year, and (real trees) eventually, they do die,” he said.
For now, they are keeping a family Christmas tradition alive with a real Christmas tree.