I wanted to get a real tree once, but finding a good strong stand for it was difficult and expensive.
We have a beautiful artificial. We no longer use the boxes and boxes of decorations we collected and made over the last thirty years. this tree only gets birds and a squirrel.
That sounds lovely. If I did that here, between the dogs and the cat I might not have a tree left!! It would be hunting time!! I have a hard enough time with them almost knocking it over every time they try to get under it!!