This year we've done something a little different with our tree. We have a smaller, potted spruce that we've put on a table. It reminds me of trees I've seen in vintage storybooks and, from doing a little research, I learned that this what indoor Christmas trees used to be like.
After the season is over we'll be able to keep it outside and then in the springtime plant it. I like that our tree will continue to have a life after we've enjoyed it. I also like that without a giant tree taking over our livingroom the focus is shared with some other holiday evergreens like a garland over the dining room doorway, tiny trees in the girls' rooms and several wreaths throughout the house. Even though at first the girls missed a big tree like we've usually had, they warmed up to this one as soon as a few lights and ornaments went up. Especially Maya!