Our 25 year old artificial tree is up. The lights are on, but it's not decorated yet.
Why artificial? We've gone back and forth over the years between the real trees and our old standby. Sometimes paying for a "real" tree seemed like a waste of money. Our old artificial hangs out in the attic in a Rubbermaid crate all year long until I make SM yank it down. Once the decorations on it, it looks just fine.
A few years ago we were invited to our neighbors for New Years Eve. James is a retired Firefighter and he decided to celebrate New Years with fireworks and a bonfire made with all the neighbors Christmas trees. We trolled the neighborhood New Years Eve and picked up the discarded, dried out trees and dragged them over to James' house.
Whoosh...went the trees, burning faster than you could blink. "We're never having a real tree in our house again." I leaned over and whispered in SM's ear.
So ever since that enlightening moment, I burn a Yankee Candle scented with pine to enhance our X-mas moments. You'd never know the difference and I have the peace of mind knowing that I won't be setting the house on fire anytime soon.