Living in Australia, we don't really have the climate at Christmas time for real trees, they are hard to come by and pretty expensive, so most people opt for artificial trees instead. They never look quite real though, but this year we decided to buy a big tree (never had the space for a BIG tree before!) and got a very nice looking 7ft tree which at a glance looks like the real thing. Buddy is convinced! Holly has never showed more than a passing interest in our Christmas tree, she notices it, gives it a thorough inspection, and then ignores it for the rest of the month. But this year she has noticed Buddy eyeing it off a few times so she has become something of a Christmas tree protector - just in case!