Faux fir for Christmas or a fine pine?

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Real or fake? Can you tell the difference?

Are you pining for a spruce, balsam or pine Christmas tree? The scent of an evergreen tree has been said to raise dopamine levels in our brains – the feel-good hormone – because scent is so closely linked to memory. Or are you tired of sweeping up the needles you are still finding under the baseboards from last Christmas? Are you considering a fake tree that fits nicely in a box?