We are actually looking forward to cutting down our own tree this year. I say we. I am looking forward to going to the tree farm and WATCHING hubby cut down the tree. He keeps asking why I keep saying "we" when he knows full well that it means "him". I said it's the "royal" we.
We have had a prelit tree before and honestly, I would not buy one again.
I thought it would be different than it was, you can still see the strings and I thought you wouldn't be able to see the cords. I guess I never looked at the display ones that closely.
I too am like Muduh and have enough lights to light the FORT up for Christmas. (and enough decorations to do everyone's home. I usually put up 3 or 4 trees. One big one and 3 smaller, theme trees in various rooms of the house and yes, I have a pink flamingo tree! And a Wizard of Oz tree too.)
I am actually allergic to real trees, but love the smell and want the experience of cutting one down (or watching it be cut down). In the past, I have worn my oven mits to help hubby get it in the stand and he and my daughter hang the ornaments (I do all the other house decorating) because I break out where I touch the tree. But you can't beat the smell.
But I hate the mess the needles make.
I guess its all a trade off.
I have always said I wanted a house with a trap door in the ceiling and every December, we open it and lower the fully lit and decorated tree down into the living room. Then on Jan. 1, the tree is reeled back up through the trap door still decorated and waiting on next year!