This year we had to get a fake tree since we are renting and we are not allowed to have a real one. I was sad because I love real trees. Coming from the Pine Tree State to the Evergreen State a real tree just seems the only "right" way to go. But we complied with our rental agreement and there is no real tree here. The first fake tree I ordered online. When it came it looked like a pole with pipe cleaners. It was very disappointing. So I returned it. Craigslist to the rescue. We bought this "realistic" tree from Craigslist and I am pretty happy with it. All I need now is some pine scented spray and maybe I'll fool myself into thinking it is real.
The boys and I have so much fun taking out the ornaments from years past. They love asking "when was this one" and "why do we have this one" It's so great to remember the Christmas' of the past.