I have to admit to be one of those people that like the convenience of fake trees and garland yet there is nothing quite like the look, smell, and versatility of going real and fresh. I love these ideas to do around the home or for entertaining. You can't really get that look going fake and why would you want to...other than for convenience. Making any of these displays would be easy and fun to do with kids. To get easy directions on how to go here.