I apologize for having been remiss. I haven't got a photo yet but let me say it is a quite lovely tree (to hold you over until I do get a picture). I even took some leftover pruned boughs and made a wreath which is now on our front door.
I had real trees growing up, until one year they became too much work and so we got this really fancy fake tree. But of course putting on all the branches was a lot of work too, and there would always be yelling and crying involved, every year, without a doubt... my stupid mother's fault of course. Then in April of 2007 when I was 17 and my brother was 15 we moved out of my mother's house and in with my grandmother (mom's mother) for the rest of the school year, but our dad had gotten temporary custody... anyway me, my dad, my brother & I spent Christmas at my grandmother's with her tree and going to church with her that year. Which was nice because my mom wasn't involved - no tears. And we always would go over to my grandmother's house every year anyway, usually it was just later in the day after we'd opened our presents at home and gone to church with my mom (or without my mom, sometimes she wanted to sleep but I still wanted to go and I dragged my non-religious agnostic and formerly Jewish father to come with me & my brother). But yeah it wasn't too much different. My grandmother's fake tree has always been pretty cheap and less pretty than my preference would have it though. It's partially all the ornaments from the 60s that give it that feel though lmao.
Then Christmas of 2008 we went skiing in Colorado with my dad's Jewish sister, her husband and her son (my aunt, uncle, and cousin) so we didn't have a tree but we pretended one of the bushes in our log cabin hotel would count and exchanged a few gifts around that.
Then in 2009 (last year) we were here at home in my dad's house where we all live now permanently. Still no tree, we exchanged gifts without one (we actually found a picture of a tree on a Trader Joe's grocery bag and ripped the bag and made it lay flat on our coffee table in our living room and exchanged gifts on top of it. Lol.
But this year I finally convinced my dad to get us a tree. ;) We bought this fake white tree yesterday as well as bought all the ornaments and the Santa hat for the top and the blue garland lol. All from Target except the hat & ornament hooks we found at CVS. But I'm really happy we have a tree. And I've always dreamed of having a beautiful fake white tree. ;)