The tradition in our house is to make our own tree each year.
It doesn't appeal to everyone but I am always very happy with it.
First I find some small branches from the wood pile. This is not as easy as it seems because none of the branches is quite right so it is the overall effect that matters.
Unfortunately it is necessary to spray the branches with insect killer as the gum nuts can harbour all manner of crawlies: I don't mind them but they seem to disturb some people.
I don't decide on the colour or number of decorations until the branches are selected and in their pot.
This year I decided on silver - all of these decorations are ones I have used before - some of them I have had for years.
I am not sure whether I should add lights. I like the simplicity but we always have lights. Lots of lights.
Of course it is light until really late here because we have daylight saving and we are close to the solstice (longest day) so lights really are a bit obsolete.
If the "tree" stays intact after christmas I usually leave it in place and decorate it again for Easter or just hand things on it that please me.
By the winter it is usually kindling wood for the fire in the dining room.