... six days away! I think I'm ready, maybe.
This year we bought a little live tree, a grand fir. It's shorter than I am, but it smells like a Christmas tree is supposed to smell. We bought some (probably made-in-China) preservative which is working - you put treated water in the holder and wait a couple of days, then you re-fill the holder and add some little crystals which turn into jelly-like, water-absorbent things that keep the tree wet for weeks.