No I haven't gone crazy, or abandoned the traditional green xmas tree forever, and no this isn't a rescue tree. Initially it was meant to save space, and although, in retrospect it probably doesn't literally save space, it certainly doesn't close in my small lounge like a regular tree. I am somewhat worried the tree will be controversial... but it was cheap.....straight from the garden...and you should also know that no trees were hurt in the making of this! I like it, and although open to hear anyones opinion of my tree, my opinion will not be changed. I stole the idea from a feature in homes and gardens....and although theres perhaps looks better...if they think its cool..then it is!