I love a real tree but don't always get the opportunity to put one up. I've had a look-alike artificial tree and that was okay - couldn't tell the difference except that it didn't have the lovely scent. I now have this neat little white "wire and plain lights" techno-tree that looks very decorative and picturesque with a Christmasy tree skirt, some garland, any ornaments and a topper. I've decorated it with gold or red bead strands too. No mess, no fuss. Not a lot of assembly required aside from decorating it.
No diet, no hoof. No hoof, no horse. No horse is not an option!