We didn't know what we were going to do for our Christmas tree this year, and because of my daughter's allergies, we couldn't get a real one. The artificial christmas trees on the market pose a health hazard because they contain lead, and they are also not very good for the environment (they aren't biodegradable).
It was getting to be pretty depressing as Thanksgiving drew nearer, because my tradition is to start decorating the tree on Thanksgiving. I am subscribed to a web site called Mom Giveaways, and from that I found a giveaway titled "Eco-friendly christmas tree from the cardboard tree." from a blog called Purple Pink and Orange.
And my husband took the time and patience to string LED lights on the tree. :)