This year we're experimenting with a real tree. I'm allergic to coniferous trees, so it's been years since I've vacuumed up needles.
Mark and Megan brought home a "free range" tree, one that was cut from the forest, not intensely pruned for years. I sat beside it and my lips went numb and I was itchy all over. I thought "Oh boy, here we go, we're going to have to toss this tree out, or me." The next day was better, and now it doesn't bother me at all. I think the trick is that the branches are open and airy and the what-ever-it-is that makes me sick, dispersed quickly, and it really is a very small tree.
I especially love that you can hang the ornaments deep into the tree and still see them. It's like they're framed by the branches.
Handmade ornaments only on this 3 feet of wild tree.
Happy Solstice! Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!