I have to say I love our tree. We have always had artificial trees because hubby prefers them and we wouldn't know where to begin with a real tree. A few years back we had a somewhat small, disproportionate Christmas tree that I really did not like. It was fairly new but when we purchased it it looked better in the store.
We walked into Walmart one day and I saw a tree that made my heart leap. I fell in love with it at once and just knew I wanted one like it. I asked hubby if we could buy that tree. His response, "Why? Our tree is perfectly fine."
How could I make him understand that our tree was a sad tree and this one was a happy tree. I told him I loved that tree. His response, "Good, remember that when we buy our next one." but I wanted it now. I loved it. It was so full and looked like a real tree. Ours screamed fake. (Now mind you I am always so frugal so I wasn't at all surprised when he wasn't giving in. He wasn't being heartless, he knew our goal was to pay down debt because I would be quitting my job to homeschool.)
For some reason I couldn't get that tree out of my mind. While we were shopping I posed another question. The tree's original price was a little over $100 and I asked him if I could buy it on clearance after Christmas. He says, "For how much?"
Him~"Sure, if you find that tree on clearance for $20 you can have it."
I tried to put it out of my mind but it was hard. The day after Christmas I walked into Walmart and it was marked 50% off. It was too soon. About two weeks after Christmas we went again and I thought they would be all out by then. I was a little sad because I really wanted it but I had been so busy with work I didn't have a chance to get there sooner. We walked into the garden/seasonal section and the first thing we saw was our tree with a big yellow clearance sign marked $20. My heart jumped. He really couldn't believe it. That tree came home with us that day.
Here it is. It looks a bit bigger in our small room but I do love it. Hubby likes to say I didn't buy a tree I bought the forest. I think he over exaggerates. LOL~The angel also came home with us that day. It was on clearance for about $2. I love her, too.
And when you can't have a real tree you can always burn this in the room and it smells just like a real tree.