Every year for the last thirty plus years we have had a live tree for our Christmas tree. A live tree means that the ball or root of the pine is still attached. It can weigh 200 to 300 hundred pounds. As you can imagine, it is not an easy task to get it into the house. The process is messy and takes more time than a cut tree but the rewards are significant. When we look back over the years we can count and remember each Christmas tree. If you decide to do this, here is a little tip. Most nurseries will tell you to dig your hole as soon as you bring the tree home. My husband has always dug the hole when we remove the tree after the holidays and we have had great success. Also, during the spring and summer months the tree may turn brown and look dead but it is not. Most of our trees did this and thankfully we waited and they sprang back to life the following winter.