We bought this tall pre -lit Christmas tree last year and did not put it up. This year we set it up early and took our time decorating. Everything was bought used, the ornaments, ribbons and picks were purchased second hand. The family ornaments were put on last. I made the tree skirt several years ago. I have to say the pre-lit tree is easier to set up and cleaner, no sap. But I do miss the smell the real tree provides. The cats still nibble on the fake tree as if it were real. Providing me with green hairballs of cheer to clean up after. It is nice not having to water the tree and the needles everywhere.