I had my original tree for over 40 years. It wasn't prelit and I wanted a new one. My husband and I argued over the height of the new purchase. He won and insisted on the 6 1/2 foot. It was too small. I love this tree but wish I had either gone with the 9 foot or at least the 7 1/2 foot. It's really a nice quality tree and looks great. However, having to put something under it makes me have buyers remorse. It's a shame. You sometimes need to go with your gut. This is a beautiful, lifelike tree and I would buy it again.