I heard once that in the reign of King Alfred that Christmas was celebrated but do not know if a tree was utilized.
I think the tree was a German custom in the modern era.
The real tree does add a joyous feeling and stimulates the senses.
Perhaps just the branches and limbs could be used and thus sparing the tree?
The fake tree is expensive and useless imo.
Decorations and trees do definitely help reduce the monotony of December and help get people excited about spreading the good cheer, so I guess its not all that bad.
I get what you are saying but I am sure the tree is on the bottom end of the scale in the bushels of sins out there.