Every year I hear people debating a 'real' Christmas tree or an artificial tree. Here's something for you to think about. In NW Montana, where I live, there are several Christmas tree farms. I've also seen them in the midwest. These trees are planted by the landowner for the purpose of one day being Christmas trees. During the roughly 4 to 7 years it takes to grow to a sellable size, the trees do their "tree thing" of helping with the atmosphere and whatever else several acres of little trees do. These are trees that never would have been planted in the first place if not for a market for live Christmas trees. Live Christmas wreaths are another American product made out of what would normally be a waste product. The boughts to make the wreaths are snipped off the last 12" to 18" of fir branches, usually at logging sites, from the branches that are trimmed off the trees. The unused limbs are piled and burned. The boughs that were cut off are sold to wreath makers. Around here, that's a seasonal thing a lot of people do, like picking berries or hunting for mushrooms. We can either trim our own trees on our property or go to any of a number of logging sites, prune the branch ends and pile them in our truck, and sell them to wreath makers for enough to pay the half of our property taxes due in the end of November, and have some left to buy Christmas presents. Many people are out of work, and they "do boughs" for enough money to have a nice holiday season. Your question is this: Do you buy a US-produced live Christmas tree, grown for only that reason, and support a US industry, and also have a natural product in your home with a lovely scent (unless you're allergic to pine! )* Or do you have the mistaken notion that you're "saving a tree" by buying an artifiical one made out of petroleum-based products and probably by a company in China? :scratch Same thing for live vs. artificial wreaths. :dunno: *applicable to U.S. residents only! lol Unless someone in Austrailia or Belgum or any other place wants us to mail them a Christmas tree!