The tree is up and in the stand and decorated for Christmas 2010. This always seems like a major accomplishment at Christmas-time, since it's a busy time with year-end issues at work, shopping for gifts, and a few holiday parties in between.
Here's the "before" photo of the tree. We cut our own tree, as we have for the past few years and always on the Friday after Thanksgiving week when there are no crowds. I'm sure if there were more people at the farm, I'd get some odd looks for photographing pictures of bare, soon to be cut trees.
I was concerned with getting a tree that wouldn't be too tall for the living room, thinking that we needed a tree less than eight feet tall. As it turns out, nearly all the remaining trees were no more than seven feet tall and we were hard pressed to find a tree tall enough! We went home with a six-footer. The owner informed us that 250 people descended on the farm the day after Thanksgiving, which was why there were so few tall trees left. Apparently it's better to brave the crowds during Thanksgiving week than risk having a Lilliputian-sized Christmas tree.