We have always had an artificial tree but this year we are planning to get a real tree for a chance. Both of our kids also have their own fake little trees that they decorate themselves.
We usually put up the tree and decorations on thanksgiving weekend.
We don't have a theme for our tree but we do collect ornaments from vacations and each year we give the kids ornaments related to something they did/liked that year so when they leave home they will each have their own box of ornaments to take with them.
Oh I got the material for my partners stocking yesterday so hoping it will get made tomorrow.
We try to stay home for Christmas but usually end up spending a few hours at my SIL's house, where the rest of my husband's family usually gathers for gift exchange. My mom and dad usually come to our house, either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.