I am here to report on our live tree experiment. We really loved the look and smell our our tree for about the first week. After that, the tree stopped drinking water and began to smell like over-ripe vegetables. Over the next two weeks, the tree got progressively harder and deader. Still green, but the limbs started drooping with the weight of the ornaments. We took our tree down and put it outside before we left for Christmas and just took it to the dump today, where Jesse threw our tree into the huge pile:
Disposing of it was pretty easy, and Jesse wants to give the live tree thing another go next year. I am less excited, but could be convinced (I am quite a push-over when Jesse gets excited about something).