The Tree is Up
You can get a Christmas tree as big as you would like from the National Forest for only $10. Just stop in the office and ask where they are cutting. This is an incredible deal if you like big trees. It makes a wonderful family outing too. We did it for years and years, but now that our kids are grown, it's not as much fun for us.
Brad built this plywood box to add some height to the tree. It works perfectly and we re-use it over every year. I just wrap a cloth remnant around the base. It's not even Christmasy, just green material. But since it gets quickly covered with presents, it really doesn't matter.
Brad is very careful about wrapping each branch in little white lights, that twinkle, not flash. He makes sure they go all the way to the trunk, giving the tree a full feeling. When you put on the ornaments, start with the plain round fillers on the inside branches. And then hang your special ones on the outside, where they are more visible.