upcoming christmas holiday...any plans? in Grand Theory of Everything Posted December 17, 2016 · Report reply @Pixey, that tree is so pretty! Funny, growing up we always had an artificial tree because my mom was allergic to pine sap. A few years back, I was nanny for my cousin's son after she had a stroke; they had a real tree. It actually struck me as really WEIRD! I wasn't too impressed with the dogs drinking out of the planter, either. My husband and I have an artificial tree, and given the way our cat climbs and chews I have to say it's probably for the best. Turns out putting pinecones under the tree doesn't work if the little furball can figure out how to jump over them!