Artificial for me.
With the real tree you have to water it day in and day out--and forgetting even once can make it a fire hazard!
Luckily, with that Upside-Down tree that I posted about, guess what? It's artificial, so your watering worries vanish forever.
"Who would imagine, who could imagine, who would imagine a king?"-Whitney Houston, The Preacher's Wife, 1996