Even though The New York Times has declared that a real Christmas tree is more green than a fake tree, we still got a fake tree. We didn't do it for environmental reasons. We didn't have much of a choice. A friend of ours told us that this year only a hundred or so real Christmas trees were imported by Taiwan. Most of them were sold to hotels, hence there were very few trees left for the average consumer. Even when one is lucky enough to find a real tree, the prices are crazy. While a friend of mine in New York City can get a six-foot tree for US$45 at Whole Foods, in Taiwan the price for a similar sized tree is more than ten fold.
Since I am unwilling to spend five benjamins, we have a sustainable, artificial tree (actually made in Taiwan with ten year warranty); the ornaments are real.