I grew up in Iowa 1/2 mile from Strum's Christmas Tree Farm. So buying a fake tree was new to me. Big-dub had 11 trees to choose from! Who knew! Tree #9 was the most real looking, "Aspen Pine". Last year we bought a pretty Norfolk pine in a pot, then we planted it out in the yard, it's still alive!
The kids were happy to assemble this new tree. A few shouts and mix ups later, our tree was up and looking festive. A trimmed tree, Chipmunks Christmas CD, advent calendar, and some cookies later I am officially in the Christmas spirit.