Do you put up a real tree or artificial? Is your tree themed? When do you put it up?
We get a real tree. We used to cut it down at a tree farm, but it was pretty expensive, they charged per foot. Then we tried a place where it's 25$ flat for any tree you cut, but the trees were more wild, which is fine, but it was an hour away and they didn't look very good. For the last couple years we've gone to this church around the corner that just asks for a $20 or $25 donation and the trees are really nice. My mom got our tree there a few times after my folks divorced and she didn't have much money so she left us in the car while she asked them about trees- she didn't want us to get our hopes up. $15 later we had a large tree and my mom was crying because she was so happy.
No theme, but many of them are from swappers There is sort of a rustic quality to some, a couple handfuls of Harry Potter related ones, some that were my grandparents', my parents', etc...
We usually get our tree after the West Chester Old fashioned Christmas parade, which is on Dec. 4 this year. So we'll get it the 5th or 6th. The parade really gets me in the Christmas spirit. We stand near my aunt and uncle's radio station booth where they announce the floats and drink coffee from the shop where our friend works. I particularly love the South/Central American groups that dance through. I'm getting so excited already!