But sometimes, I make an effort. I used to get real trees to decorate, but that was a lot of effort. Then I bought a very realistic artificial tree, but that was even more work than a real one (real ones at least come with branches in the right places). Re-boxing the artificial tree was awkward.
So last year, I bought a 3' artificial tree on post-holiday clearance ($5). How much trouble could a 3' tree be? You pull it out of the box, the branches are on hinges and fall nicely into place, and you plug it in. Right?
Wrong. Somehow I missed seeing the "unlit" description on the box. The DISPLAY model was beautifully lit, had realistic-looking needles, and was at least 2' wide at the bottom. Out of the box, I saw no lights and it was a mass of wire branches you had to bend into shape. The "needles" were flat shreds of green plastic.
Well, at least it was cheap enough to just throw away after this one use. Because I sure won't ever use it again! But it IS this year's tree. Next year, I will use the fancy 6' realistic artificial tree. It's a little easier to set up actually, and sturdier. In fact, the branches hold heavy decorations better. It's the packing away back into the box that is harder and I even figured out how to do that easier sliding the 3 sections into large garbage bags to close up the hinged branches tightly.
But here is a picture of the existing one...
I am NOT impressed!