To get a Yule tree we hike into the forest with a permit, snowshoes, a good Swedish bow saw, and a thermos of Irish coffee. It takes an hour or two to find the perfect tree. It has to be the right height, the right shape, and in a crowded part of the forest so the taking of tree is actually improving conditions for the surrounding remaining trees. Getting the tree back to the trail can be a fun challenge. Then a hike back to the truck, tying it on top, driving home, realizing it's too tall, cutting another bit off the bottom, getting it set up straight, putting the best side forward. The real tree fills the house with fresh pine scent. Can a plastic tree from the basement have any relation to this? Who wants to help get a tree this year?
Almost all commercially available fresh trees are grown on tree farms. It is good to support farmers. Buying a cut tree is good for you and the planet.