We used to get a real one, but they always make such a mess, bring in so many bugs, and my dad is allergic to them. We're good with the two fake ones we have. Also, because we have fake ones, they can be put up the day after Thanksgiving. A real one would be dead way before Christmas if we put it up that soon.
We did actually have a real one about six years ago. We were living in a tiny apartment, so we bought this little potted rosemary plant that was shaped to look like a Christmas tree. It was such a delicious "tree."
I would love a real tree but budget is tight so I got to use what I have what about you?
I have had a real one in the past, i really dont like them. The mess is so outrageous when it comes time for clean up. The only good side to a real tree is that it makes your house smell wounderful. Other than that, to me personally there are really no advantages of getting a real tree.
We always get a real one, but it's so much effort trying to find one that's a decent shape, then trimming it to fit into a stand. Sometimes I wonder if it might be better to get something fake and easy.