Maddie is 12 this year, and so is our artificial tree. As you can imagine, it's looking a little scraggly. I didn't really want to get another artificial tree -- they get kind of musty after a few years in the attic or basement and I don't really like the perfect look of them.
We bought our tree at Bengston's Tree Farm -- a local-ish small farm which I am happy to support. And from what I understand, a real tree is better for the enviroment (if only marginally).
It was a lot of fun to walk around and look at all the trees, and cutting the tree down was a breeze as the saw they provided was well sharpened. At the farm we visited, you cut the tree and they come around with a truck to pick it up and bring it back to your car for you after they shake it (to get out loose needles and any debris) and bail it.
The nearly 9 ft. tall tree actually fit in my Honda FIT (love my car!!), so we didn't have to worry about securing it to the roof.