Holiday traditions vary by household, but for those celebrating Christmas, a big blue spruce or a Douglas fir is an integral part of the festivities. A Christmas tree anchors the spirit of the holiday — it’s where presents pile up; where too many cups of eggnog and rum are consumed and carols (performed after drinking the spiked nog) are sung off-key.
This holiday season, however, the woodsy pine, with its nostalgia-evoking scent, is being swapped for a tropical alternative: pineapples. That’s right, pineapple Christmas trees are one of 2017’s hottest Christmas trends this winter.
Before you go hating on this new twist on the Christmas tree, think about the benefits. In a way, pineapple Christmas trees are brilliant. They take up way less space so homeowners and renters who are lacking square footage can still make their place feel festive, and they don’t drop any needles that need to be swept or vacuumed away.
Pineapples are way easier to procure, too. Instead of hauling out the family to a frozen tree farm and ruining your back trying to hack one down, the fruit can be lifted out of a basket at the grocery store with just two fingers.
And they’re so much easier to decorate — coat it in gold paint, add five sparkly bulbs, a handful of tinsel and voila.
Plus, when Boxing Day rolls around, you can chop up your festive pièce de résistance and serve it as a snack.
While there are clearly loads of pros to a pineapple Christmas tree, it’s hard to imagine it completely replacing the traditional one. Gathering around a small, spiky fruit doesn’t give off the same joyous jingle bell vibe, but then again, it’s all about the people you spend the holiday season with, not the stuff you stare at, right?
So maybe a Christmas pineapple tree is the solution. At the very least, why not try your hand at DIYing one next weekend? If it doesn’t feel right, you can just place it into your overall holiday decor. Or turn it into a piña colada… that’s acceptable, too.