I say go with a menora, much simpler.
We used to go real but $100+ for a 9 foot tree (18 foot ceilings) and the hassle of stringing that many strands of lights wasn't worth it. Now on our second pre-lit tree. The first one lasted about 4 years, used to take apart and stuff sections back into original box for storage. After 2 seasons noticed about half the lights quit working so we had to buy extra strings of lights to make up for the non-working ones. The next year was more of the same and then it went to the trash.
Third year for the new one , which we now no longer cram into a box, it stays assembled in a closet all year, and sections have started to go out on it. It has the traditional soft white lights and it's becoming harder to find those strings as everyone now is going to the brighter/bluer LED white lights. Plus now you have extra lines/wires showing in odd spots around the tree. Pain. In. The. Ass.
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