I've read a bunch about this and can't make up my mind. One idea, is to buy a living tree (has to be over 4 feet) and donate it to my city.
My husband and I argue about this every year. I always want a real one and he wants to put up the fake tree. I think he just feels the fake tree is easier. A living tree would be a great solution. We've compromised and do a real tree every other year. This is our fake tree year, but I'm rebelling by decorating it soley with pinecones and popcorn. HA!!!