Christmas decorations can make the holiday season much more festive and enjoyable, especially when you have friends and family to help share in the spirit of the season. There are, however, quite a lot of decorations out there that are made of plastic and resin and various other man-made materials.

Why exactly should you pick these kinds of decorations in the first place? Here are quite a few practical reasons to pick plastic and gloss over wood and shrubbery:

1. Value

The cheapest small pine trees come in at $30 to $50 while a similar plastic tree would cost very much the same. The main difference, however, is that the cheap pine tree would start to lose its needles in about a week or two. You'd need to pony up about $60 to $80 for a pine tree variety with needles that don't fall off as much - significantly more than what you'd pay for an artificial tree of the same size.

2. Longevity

Artificial Christmas decorations and trees don't wither away in a matter of weeks. They can literally last for decades if you handle them properly like storing them in a dry, cool environment away from direct sunlight. This also has the advantage of directly cutting the amount of money spent on buying decorations, as you only need to make a one-time payment for an item that will last for years on end.

3. Minimal Maintenance

Artificial decorations don't need to be fussed over. You don't need to constantly check for dead leaves, spray the piece with water or prune off weird growths. All you need to do is put the piece in place, secure it and let it do its job: add some Christmas cheer to your home. You can then effortlessly take the piece down with minimal fuss - ready to be reused for next year's Christmas.

4. Resale Value

Another good point about the longevity of artificial decorations is that you could eventually re-sell them when you are on the lookout to acquire new Christmas pieces. This is especially true for non-electric decorations made of plastic, glass or metal. These pieces can still look fresh and new if they've been well taken care of, and people will still be willing to buy them if you have indeed been cared for.

5. Antique Potential

Let's say you've invested in a particularly beautiful decoration that you are loathe to part with in the future. Such items could be passed down from generation to generation, transforming a simple Christmas decoration into an antique with deep sentimental value in your family. Of course, items like these could also become more expensive the rarer they get, leaving your descendants with a great deal of money at their disposal.

6. Colourfulness

Another main advantage of artificial decorations is the dizzying array of colours they come in. You could quite literally blend colours of all shades to bring about a more vibrant and festive Christmas with the sheer number of items at your disposal. Simply mix and match to your heart's content!

7. Versatility

The very nature of artificial Christmas decorations make them suitable for a variety of purposes and settings. Treated plastic, for example, can typically withstand both extreme heat and cold - an important asset when you live in the arid parts of Western and South Australia or in the more temperate regions of Victoria and Tasmania.

8. Hygiene

Materials like plastic and metal don't leave as much of a mess as the organic parts of trees. Leaves, bark chips and other random pieces of dirt eventually fall off natural pieces - leaving you to do the cleaning afterwards. Mould, mildew and fungi also tend to not take deep root in artificial decorations, significantly reducing the chances of an unseen infestation popping up in parts where you aren't looking. It

9. Fire Resistant

Artificial Christmas decorations tend to be more resistant to heat, significantly reducing the chances of catching fire when exposed to high temperatures. This is especially true for metallic pieces and specially treated plastic items that can also resist a great deal of heat as well. While the aforementioned treated plastic won't be able to resist an open flame, at least it will burn more slowly and give you more time to react to the emergency.

10. No Hidden Organisms

Insects and fungi don't burrow into artificial decorations, especially since they have nothing to eat or burrow into. This effectively means you are at virtually no risk of introducing something into your own home. This is an especially important point for those who have a phobia of insects or are allergic to fungal spores.


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