It's the age old argument, especially in our house, real or artificial Christmas tree. I'm for getting the box out of storage and setting up a pre-lit tree. No mess, no fuss. Tad, on the other hand, MUST have a real tree every year. We compromised. He gets the real thing but he also is in charge of watering it and cleaning up EVERY pine needle when Christmas is over. Lady Antebellum, agrees with me. Artificial is the way to go. Although Charles Kelly and Dave Haywood don't have much of a choice.