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Hi Toni, Happy New Year to you and many blessings in 2012. While I was at home we always had a real Christmas tree and never a manufactured one. It would just not be Christmas around our house if we had an imitation tree that did not smell of the forest or drop its needles on the living room floor when you picked it up to move it somewhere. Being the youngest child in my family meant that I just watched my older sisters do the decorating and my parents do the set up of the tree in the right spot for the holiday. I am not sure what we did with the tree after the holidays but we did take it down shortly after all the festivities were over for another year. Now that I have my own place I am not able to afford the luxury of a home grown Christmas tree in my front room for the holidays so I just take note of all the cards that I receive from everyone and enjoy their presence on my bookshelf that holds them all very nicely.