bug fiasco. It has one section of lights out but that was easily remedied with a $2 string of lights from Target. A live tree is just one thing I cannot handle during deployment. Not only the watering of it but the choosing, bringing home, setting up in the house and not having another adult to assist (or me to assist while Brendan does all the work). The fake tree is easy and fun and goes up quickly with no mess or fuss. I LOVE it!!