We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Some 20 years ago, the Mrs developed a liking for those fancy glass Xmas ornaments, so we promptly hit the after-Holiday sales and started a collection. Came the next Xmas, and we weren't happy with how the ornaments clashed with any "natural" tree that was less than 12 feet tall. What to do? The next summer I shared a brainstorm with my Dad, an inveterate folk-art woodworker. Who immediately joined me in a project day to convert a large, leafless branch of manzanita into a take-down display tree. I shipped the completed tree from California (where manzanita is plentiful) home to Texas (where it is non-existent), and re-assembled the tree the following Xmas. Hung the growing collection of glass ornaments to achieve what the Mrs calls FABULOUSNESS. Stark, leafless, twisted, and totally asymmetric. The tree is in its 19th year, and my wife--the sparkling ornament not on the tree--still loves it.
We travel about 1.5 hrs each way to a tree farm and my wife and daughter spend 1-2 hours picking the best tree. Full, not too trimmed (must look natural), 9-11 feet tall. Then they spend 20-30 hours decorating it over a week or so. it's gorgeous, but I'd be OK with something less "perfect."
When marketing gets ahead of customer demand we end up with things like iceberg lettuce and red delicious apples. These guys sound like they are determined to create the evergreen version of the Bartlett pear.
I'd like to have back the hours I've spent finding the perfect Christmas tree. About 10 years ago I stopped at HD one day, walked over to the 8' tree section, grabbed the first one(still wrapped in net), and took it home. My bride never said a word so that became my method until 3 years ago when she came home with an after-Christmas-sale fake tree. I love it. Takes me 20 minutes to set up, comes with lights already on it, and my job is done.