I stopped buying live Christmas trees years ago. The last time I bought one, it developed a rancid smell even though I changed out the water as I was supposed to. My neighbor had the same problem that year. Maybe it's because trees that are not ingenious to Florida are shipped in. Maybe it was just a bad crop. And now that I've become more environmentally conscious, I'd rather not have a tree that lost it's place in the ecosystem to satisfy a pagan tradition. Now that my son is a grown up, I have a little table-top tree made out of ribbons that we display.
When he moves out, I'll give him all the ornaments we've gathered over the years, including the teeny tiny stocking my mom put on my first Christmas tree 58 years ago.