I cut a small cedar tree in the yard, put it in a bucket of sand, and put it atop a small table in the living room. I got the lights on the day I put the tree up, and I finished decorating the next day. Darling son did put a little star ornament at the top for me. (He didn't have to stand on anything to reach it.)
My sister gave me a swag, which I hung on the front porch.
I'm almost ready for Christmas.