I know. I can hardly believe it myself. And I'm the one who suggested it.
I am glad that the Sous Chef persevered and demanded that we keep the tradition going. He even used the secret weapon - appealing to my innate frugality - and told me he found a place that sold trees for just $35. And that was that. We went out last Tuesday and bought ourselves a cute, cost-effective conifer:
Best $35 we ever spent.
And now that it's decorated, we're all set for the holidays. We've got:
A few snowflakes...
And even a little magic.
Everything we need.