Since I didn't share much of my apartment decor for the season, here's my "some might call it pathetic" faux tree. It was made in Thailand and looks very little like a real tree. I bought it about 9 or 10 years ago at Pool City, Pittsburgh's finest faux tree resource. You can't really see it, but I have many meaningful decorations on it, including crocheted lace snowflakes that belonged to "Grandma Tillie," my grandpap's third wife. I remember these from their little tree they would put up in their apartment. Now, I'm putting it on mine! I also have several crocheted and plastic needlepoint decorations that Catherine made. She was like a grandma to me and my brother and always kept us supplied with crafty things. We would go to her apartment every Christmas Eve day to exchange gifts, and we think of her every Christmas Eve.
Other special decorations of note are a blown glass bulb I bought in Prague when I was traveling in college, a glass pickle I got at Macy's in NYC when I was interviewing there in college, a handmade wooden decoration with a quote from St. Francis that I bought in Assisi, and a cheap plastic Empire State building that I got last year when Erin and I took the Greyhound for a daytrip to "Christmas shop" in New York. (We didn't really shop...we shuffled around from place to place in the crowds and laughed at how expensive stuff was in Saks). It was easily the coldest day in December and we went to the top of a skyscraper. 'Nuf said. Anyway, I have other ones that are also meaningful. That's why I love decorating my tree--I can resurrect memories every year!