We'll be diplomatic and say that there are more than two points of view to the debate over purchasing real or artificial trees to decorate this holiday season. There's nothing like a real tree when it comes to the look, fragrance, and feel of a real tree. And many Christmas tree farmers depend on your purchases each year to earn a living, and they continue to grow and replenish their tree stock.
On the other hand, artificial trees can save money over the longrun by making one purchase and then you have a tree you can use year after year. No trees are cut down, but petroleum products are used in the manufacturing process. And artificial trees don't shed needles and pose a dry-tree fire hazard at the end of the season.
Whatever your decision, here are some links to materials that will help you choose well this year: