For me, what's interesting about my decoration is not the decoration itself (it's a pretty standard Christmas tree), but how we get it. In Montana, you can buy a pass ($5) to harvest your own Christmas tree from the national forest. In most places in the US, you have to buy from someone that owns a Christmas tree farm. Some of the let you come along to cut down trees off of their farm, but very few people live in places where you can actually go out into the woods and cut down a tree that has grown in the wild. I am lucky enough to live in one of those places!
So we went to the Helena National Forest and harvested our tree in the Big Belt Mountains, elevation 6000 or so. My son cut down the tree:
We carried it out together:
And decorated it as a family! Voila!
It's neat to know that we can get our own tree from the wild forest and have it in our house for the season. Like so many things, what makes our decoration special isn't that it is all that different from others, but the experience of how we got it and where it came from.
Merry Christmas all!