Like real, have fake.
Love the way the real ones look smaller outside, so by the time you bring it home, it's huge in your house...and the aroma...and the asymmetry...
But, we can get an artificial one up much earlier, leave it up longer, and don't have to worry about it drying out when we travel over the holidays. And the cats don't climb it.
And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.