Never doubt anything said from Roger Cook The Wise.
Up until three years ago I never had a real tree. Always out-of-the-box and pre-lit. It's just a waste of money I thought. Well, then I moved and had no storage in my old apartment so I bit the bullet and got a real tree. Now it's fun finding one, attempting to tie it to the car (I really NEED a truck), and bringing it in. The smell is awesome.
Also. I find myself enjoying putting the lights on. Is that an odd fetish?