Last year was the first time in my life that I didn't get a Christmas tree. The kitchen renovation had started. This year was lovely. It was nice and warm. I took the week off before Christmas to get ready. I started sanding the woodwork in the kitchen--what a mess! I'm still cleaning up. Then I primed, caulked and painted.
On the 19th I got my tree from a nursery which had a coupon--40 dollars for a huge, beautiful balsam fir. It was the perfect height for my almost-nine-foot ceilings. I'll probably do this again next year because otherwise the cost might be double.