I've put up the tree. Well, first I had to find the tree ~ and we have a rather unusual tree. In past years we've tried the cut tree and the potted tree, and we've rather gravitated lately towards a "branch tree." The pluses of this type of tree is that it doesn't slowly die on us over the weeks like a cut tree, nor do we need to find a home for it like a potted tree (if our yard was only bigger...) I can always find interesting branches outside and after the new year, I break up the tree to be burnt in the chiminea on the summer solstice.
I have thrifted a few glass ornaments for the tree this fall, but the majority are hand-me-downs from my mom ~ and I made a killer trashpick a few weeks ago and found 36 antique glass ornaments in a box on someone's curb. Unbelievable.