This is my homemade Christmas tree. I gathered some branches from a pine tree in the garden, arranged them, cut out some red and green foil circles and tied them on with yarn. You can't really tell that well in this photo, but the ornaments are nice and shiny like I wanted them to be. It all looks wonderfully sparkly and festive, especially when the room lights are off.
You wouldn't believe how incredibly difficult it is to buy actual glass Christmas bulbs here ("baubles" as they are called in England). Everything is "shatterproof" (read: made of cheap looking plastic with a horribly obvious seam). Are they still selling good old-fashioned glass in the US? I don't know of any glass bulb (or even bauble) related deaths or major injuries, but maybe I'm just misinformed. Anyhow, it's probably a good thing I didn't find any (that weren't exorbitantly expensive and overly ornate) because I suspect my little tree wouldn't be able to handle the weight of anything heavier than paper.
I'm pretty happy with my tree. I only hope it lasts until Christmas.