We have an artificial tree that I bought for $5 where I work. It just needed a wire resoldered. It has fibre optic lights that change color-fascinating to the cats for some reason. I would love a real tree, but the other two people in the house are allergic to pine and any other tree. I just put pine boughs on the balconey with some birch branches and some of that red dogwood and a bow then go out there and sniff to my heart is content. I bet the neighbours think I am weird. I AM-teeheehee.