I didn't know whether to put this in "Holidays" or here... but I chose here because I want accurate advice on the life of the tree... so I thought maybe I would get more answers here.

So this is our FIRST year getting a real Christmas tree. I never had one growing up, and I always just did what I was used to. So we always had a "fake" tree... you know, like the fiber optic etc.

Well my husband wants to get a real one this year.

I know I always see people buying them closer to Christmas... and I decorate right after Thanksgiving, at which time I usually put up the fake tree.

So when is the best time to buy a real Christmas tree?
How long do they last?
What are some problems I may run in to?
How do I care for it?

I just need some advice on this situation as a whole haha!

Thanks!