It's artificial because the cats get sick drinking the water from the holder of a real tree. It's up on a cabinet and out from the wall so that the cats can't jump to it. It has my favorite ornaments on it: crosses, felt star and heart with buttons, the White House, bags of rice and grits, strawberries, tiny animals from India, a set of musical instruments, a crocheted star made by our friend Gail, and National Cathedral. And the gifts? They are all books.