There are so many benefits to an artificial tree. It's not messy; you don't have to water it; the dog won't lift his leg on it; once you've made the investment, it lasts years. You don't have to have a bad side turned to the wall and there are no gaping holes. No muss, no fuss.
But there's something special about that real tree smell, and the feel of the branches. The lack of symmetry adds its own appeal. I've had artificial trees for years. I even have one that turns slowly. But I've been thinking about a real one. A friend sent me this pic of her cut tree. I think it's lovely, don't you?