We got our tree last weekend!
When I was growing up, we always had artificial Christmas trees. I loved the ritual of taking the tree out of the box and putting it together with the family. But Jack was adamant that he had to have a real tree. It was a point of contention for awhile, but after last year and now this year, I think I'm sold. I love that it's a living (for a while) part of God's creation... I love the little imperfections. And really... making sure it has enough water and cleaning up a few needles aren't really that big of a deal.
We also set up the mini tree... which is artificial, obviously.
It's probably older than I am... I think my sisters took it to college, and then I did. And then I kept it. (The plastic stand broke years ago, so my dad handily made me a new one out of a few layers of plywood sandwiched together.)
When we got our tree, the nursery also had wreaths for sale, so we got one of those on a whim, too.
I love the sharp piney smell that I get a whiff of every time I open the front door!
And the tree nursery also throws in a (small) free poinsettia when you buy a tree. Pretty.
(I prefer the red poinsettias by far. I can deal with the yellow ones though they're not my favorite, but I see people selling all kinds of bizarre colors. Blue sprinkled with gold glitter? Seriously?)