We went "live" this year! Our tree is from Mountain Boy Trees a family company who has been in the Christmas Tree business for over 40 years in North Carolina..
The kids had a great time helping to decorate. We went with clear lights, blue & silver balls (shatterproof of course due to the cats), and other special ornaments we've had throughout the years.
We water our tree daily and Mountain Boy Trees says the key to having a live tree until Valentine's is plenty of water and re-cut the bottom!