I feel like the Grinch contemplating happy Whoville from near his cave. This holiday season is turned all upside down and backwards. First of all mom passed away unexpectedly, and shes always been the cotter-pin in the October to December stretch, Halloween candy (candied apples originally), Thanksgiving dinner, and Christmas trimmings. Weve always done a Big tree, since the house has a 10ft cathedral ceiling. In recent years it scaled down to @8 ft, and wed tree shop together, or maybe apart and Id pick up her choice in the truck. My house has short ceilings so Ive picked/up my own tree. I skipped doing a tree once or twice and always regretted it after. Dad wasnt looking forward to the nuisance nuances of doing a tree (lights mostly, I think) but he did say he wouldnt be hurt or mad if one showed up, done, "care of the 'Christmas tree fairy'. " A couple days later he slipped on ice, hurt his leg, and wont be climbing steps soon let alone a ladder. There are no children in the house that are expecting Santa/ the 12/25 usual. A tree may be cheery enough to be worth the effort. My friends cant come help. 1 is Deathly allergic to the dog. I have a NIB 6 ft fake tree I bought last year on clearance for my house, after putting next to nothing on the live tree, just couldnt get In to it. (12/25 I tend to crash & burn still.) Mom always said NO to any suggestion of not doing a real tree. She loved the individuality, and didnt mind the effort, mess (needles) and loved the smell. We all did/ do. I dubbed them Monster Trees, due to the usual size. Her stance against a fake tree was basically "Over my dead body" ... well, if those are the terms for approval... So, Im Debating. Looked at real trees already. Brought the boxed tree to parents house, unopened as yet. Live tree? Fake tree? Grinch out and skip any tree work at all? *sounds kind of sad even to me. If parents house gets the fake tree put up (prelit, no lights 'hassle') then I have to get or decide if/on a small live tree for my house, and hope to be motivated enough to decorate it. Naked trees are only slightly better than no tree. Chime in please. Theres no wrong answer. I just cant decide on the right one. * Im leaning, but leaning often preceeds a messy crash..