Well, for the past two years I mhave had a really lovely artificial tree - my first ever! I do miss the fresh tree fragrance, and I was also REALLY surprised at how much work it was to put together, fluff, etc - hey, I thought it was supposed to be fast and easy! This year, I did think about a fresh tree - but - I also am anxious to put the tree up - in fact I hope to do it next week because I have a four day weekend! So, artifical makes more sense because of the length of time it will be up. And then there is Big Mo the Monster Man...whatever I do, he will try to climb, etc.
I think my compromise will be to buy a Norfolk pine (living) and put my cat and bird ornaments on that tree!
Those upside down trees were originally meant to display Christmas ornaments in "holiday" shops. (I believe) It gave the store more floor space, etc and showed off the ornaments because the would hang "free" of the tree! The first time that I saw one of those trees was back in the 70's. I went to visit my college sorority sister in Virginia and she had one hanging from the guest bedroom ceiling filled with ornaments! She owned a craft shop on Alexandria, VA. and had brought it home from the shop because she loved
Christmas so much!