Fraser Fir: If you haven't had much luck or much experience with real trees, I recommend a Fraser Fir. The silvery-green needles are soft to the touch and if the tree is kept well hydrated, you won't run the risk of heavy shedding, which other types of trees will do after just a few days (if not the first).
Christmas Tree Water Intake: Why A Christmas Tree Is Not Drinking - Christmas trees often take the blame for destructive fires that occur during the holiday season. The most effective way to prevent Christmas tree fires is to keep the tree well hydrated. This article will help with that.