How to: Get Out of the Christmas Tree Rut

How's this for a new take on the Christmas tree, as imagined by AT:LA reader, Bill:

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Bill writes: Each Holiday season I bring out the same artificial tree, thousands of lights, hundreds of ornaments and decorations and assemble the exact same Christmas tree. Sorry to say holiday decorating has become more of a chore than enjoyment. But while trimming an oak tree in the yard I came up with an idea of making a tree this year with the branches...

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I took 3 limbs and screwed them together. I anchored the branches in a pot with crushed rock and spray painted everything white. I used white corded lights with white, silver, clear and mirrored ornaments. Some of my friends think it's a bit odd (they call it my Charlie Brown tree) but i like that it got me out of my Christmas decorating rut.

Thanks for sharing, Bill!