I had a vote one year on here to find out what was more popular, artificial trees or real ones. The artificial Christmas tree won hands down. For years we would take the girls out to the Forest (a forest shop that is...we weren't out there with axes chopping them down!) and choose a tree. It had to be just the right size and width; not too fat and not too tall. Not skinny and no broken branches. By Boxing Day, even with water, the needles would start falling, although the 'treated' ones did last a bit longer but we were still finding pine needles in June! So we, me, a few years ago, ended up buying an artificial tree in the January sales (70% off !)
Here she is, meeting Santa for the first time.