Simon loves this year’s tree. Every time he wakes up or we walk in the door from being out, he requests that it be plugged in and we are happy to oblige because we rather like it too. The tree is one of the ways we realized that he knew the word “awesome.” It cost us nothing, we don’t need to dispose of it before we go out of town, we don’t have to remember to water it, but it brings in that special Christmas glow. We do miss the pine tree smell, so we may end up getting a pine scented candle or something. We don’t plan to make a habit of having a faux tree (or no tree), but this arrangement is working well for us this year.