I finally did it. I got a fake Christmas tree. I let go of my long-held "only real Christmas trees for us" philosophy, and I bought a 10-foot unlit tree from Balsam Hill in August (I chose unlit because I read that it can be a pain if one of the bulbs goes on a pre-lit tree, plus it would be nice to continue to switch between colored and white lights every year, although I'd be happy with white lights only, but other members of the family prefer colored lights, so we compromise by switching off. Wow, that was a long parenthetical!).
I had a feeling that it would be a good idea to have a fake tree this year, and I turned out to be right. If you'll recall, I had my suspicions last Christmas that this might be the year to finally get a fake tree (if you don't recall, that post is here).
So anyway, onto the tree. It came in three huge boxes. This is one of the the boxes: