Upon our return from Boston yesterday, we decided to go out in search of a Christmas tree, our first as a couple. We found one at the local Agway that fit the bill: a fragrant balsam fir of modest size and price, which, perhaps most importantly, fit in the car without any rope or rigging.
We picked up an el-cheapo stand and some lights, and by this afternoon we had the tree watered and set up with the lights on.
An extra shower curtain, green with embroidery, made an excellent tree skirt.
My mom had sent along some ornaments (both ones I had made or acquired years ago, when last I had a tree of my own, and a few she added); and we added to our collection with a visit to the local Scandinavian store, where we stocked up on painted wood and straw and paper ornaments. Combined with the felt ornaments I had purchased in Berlin, we ended up with enough to fill out our small tree pretty well.
With the carols on, some tea in hand, and the wonderful smell of evergreen, we now have a lovely tree that will brighten our Christmas season.