Anyway, next year:
1. I would love a real tree. I LOVE the smell of pine.
2. I want everything decorated in dried citrus fruit. Limes, grapefruit, lemons, oranges and cranberry acorn garlands. I can just smell my house. Yum!
This year, I am already done. I was tempted to take down tons of my decor and put some citrus fruit and cranberry garlands up that I've been working on. But, I am tired for a real good reason ;), and I know I can wait to go all out next year.
I decided to purchase some citrus fruit and cranberries (to practice) and make some lovely citrus ornaments and garlands, just a few. It is so easy, and much cheaper then buying common ornaments at store.
Next year, this will be our family home evening craft.
To make the dried fruit:
Place on oven rack not baking sheet and bake at 120 for 2-3 hours.
Allow to cool, then poke a needle through with string attached for garland, or for ornaments, just do the same, but shorten length to desire.