A long time ago I decided that one of our Christmas traditions should be getting a really crappy cheap Christmas tree. We'd tell the kids one of my favorite Christmas stories about a tree that is kind and charitable and lets all the little animals next in it's branches, making it haggard and bare....and then, because of it's goodheartedness the queen picks it to be the Royal Christmas tree. It's a great story, and I thought it would be a good way to be cheap and get a charlie brown tree. Well, Jeff didn't really go for it this year....he wanted a real tree.....so we got one....and it is beautiful. Just for the sake of tradition I pointed out to the kids a few little imperfections.....signs that this tree has indeed been kind to the world.