Last year, I felt really bad cutting down a tree and putting it in our house to let it die. I thought about getting a fake one, but I read a couple articles about how real trees are actually better for the environment. It creates a lot of waste to make a plastic tree, and they often have PVC or lead in them. It also takes a lot of fuel to get them here from Asia. In case anyone has wondered about this, it made me feel a lot better about getting a real tree. Plus, you can't beat the smell and our cat really enjoys it (he has been sitting on that window ledge since I brought it in.)
Hope everyone is feeling the joy and spirit of Christmas!