We didn't get anywhere close to tackling all our 'to-do's' this week-end, but we did finally get our tree up! Just the lights so far.
I always go with a fraser fir, and love a tall and skinny tree. I also like the ones that aren't trimmed on the edges to be a perfect cone (and luckily that pile of skinny 'wild' trees is half the price of the other's... I think we are the only one's to give them love.)
I grew up with white lights only, we used to have these fantastic vintage bulbs with little vials of water on top that bubbled when they got warm. Those eventually bit the dust, but I found these 'balls' a few years ago that give my white lights an extra sparkle.
As for ornaments, I have a layer of glass icicles (that I am debated not using this year because of the curious toddler), and then lots of eclectic ornaments... no themes for me.
Of course my cousin thinks it's not Christmas without a short fat tree and colored lights, and my dad only likes the large size colored lights. It can be a divisive topic this tree decorating, even more so if you add the option of the fake tree (that's a pot I've never dipped my spoon in.)
The holiday spirit is slowly spreading through our house, next ornaments and stockings, then bring on the Christmas cookies!