This year we were very committed to the idea of having our own Christmas tree, until we realized we are leaving for California in a week, and did we really want to come home to dead pine needles on our floor? And did we really want to purchase ornaments, a tree stand and lights, just for one week? So in lieu of a real tree, I made one on our sliding doors with masking tape, a marshmallow garland, and a doily star. Call me crafty! And cheap! Definitely not as good as the real deal, but for this year it will work for us.