I've never understood "decorator" trees. They have no soul. I must admit in the interest of longevity we do have an artificial tree. (But it was my Mom's.) Trees should tell your family story. The boys did all the decorating this year.
I give ornaments every year...twin ones to the twins...so they each will have one on their trees in the future. Bird, angels and bears are recurring themes.
Some of my favorites are the ones my mom gave us for our first Christmas tree,
the ones my kids made (most of them have gone to their homes along with two angels like this little angel from the straw mobile in their baby room,
some come from our first Virginia Christmas,
and some we collect on trips to remind us of good times.
This is always first to go up and last to come down.
We have a second tree for all the White House ornaments we've collected over the years. Again, E did it all.
Worn and tattered cardinal top to bottom.
These trees have a story. I hope your stockings are full this Christmas morning. Have yourselves a merry little Christmas!