There's only one picture of my sister & I when we were little picking out a real Christmas tree- outside in the snow, bundled up in winter jackets, mittens, & hats, our dad dragging the tree behind him back to the car. Other than this one time, we had a fake tree every year growing up.
Josh & I started our own tradition once we moved in together picking out that perfect tree in the snow & cold. Kennadie experienced this for her first two Christmas's but last year we broke down & bought a fake tree. With the three cats, the dog, cleaning up after Kennadie, the animals, the house-I was just sick of cleaning up pine needles too. Although I miss the experience of going out in the cold to get a real tree, we make up for it in other ways.
Decorating our tree has always been a special moment around Christmas time. We put the tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving & make a big deal of it- Christmas music playing in the background, my parents & sister come over, I look at each ornament as it takes me back in time for just a moment-reflecting on the memories that each one holds, watching a Christmas movie with the lights low, candles flickering, & the tree lit.
If Kennadie wants a real tree as she gets older, I definitely will give her that experience, but for now I am enjoying the memories we are making, the traditions we are creating as a family, & not having to clean up after a tree :)