We have always had real trees. I love them, because they really smell nice in your house. And we have always had real candles, it just adds to the atmosphere. Thank you, Rosie and a Very Happy New Year, to you too! Thank you, Ann - we always had a tree like this (minus the Disney ornaments - they are an addition Tom and I have started ) Our trees are only put up on Dec 24 (ours went up on Dec 22 - because I love to look at it with the presents under the tree! ) so they are fresh when we light the candles. We usually leave them until Jan 6 (which is a holiday), but I would not dare lighting the candles again. And I can imagine that with you gone your tree might have dried up a bit, but I bet you were able to see a lot of beautiful trees at WDW. Thank you, Christine! I hope the new year is filled with lots of good memories for you too!