Some people swear only a "real" Christmas tree is the best and will settle for nothing less. I chose to go with an artificial tree ever since I was first married. So you don't cut your own tree? Well, how many people buy them from lots where they've been standing for weeks on end already. Presently, there are so many gorgeous artificial trees out there to choose from it is getting harder and harder to tell the difference between the real and the fake. I chose this tree last year to give to my daughter who had left the nest and moved to Florida. This tree stands 6 ft. tall and comes prelit with 400 clear lights (so much better than putting string after string on the tree). We handpicked this together for her apartment and we loved the feel and texture of the branches. It went together without a problem and all that we had to do was arrange the branches and I left her to do all the ornaments that I had been sending down for some time already. At least I won't worry about a dry tree that could catch on fire, or think about a thousand dry needles all over the floor. Come over to our side......buy an artificial prelit tree!!!