We don't go out and cut a tree (or pull it out by the roots, either). Heck, I usually just grab the big ol' fake tree out of the box in the garage, put it together in the front room, and let the wife and kids decorate it. However, since we'll be around most of the holiday season this year (ie: we're not traveling for Christmas itself), we went out and got a nice five-footer. It's nice to have the big one fill up the front room and the little one fill up the basement (with holiday spirit!). Here's the proof we did both this year - artificial and real.