I showed restraint this year. I only used about 3/4 of our Christmas ornaments, decided against the red bows and left off the golden beads. All in all, it's still, a pretty "full" tree.
It is one of our family traditions for the kids to decorate their own tree. Normally, they've used a small, 3 foot tree. I was able to find a 6 foot tree for under $25 at Target this year. They had access to their own ornaments and to my "leftovers" in addition to the spare bows and strings of beads. They didn't use my leftover ornaments, nor my bows but they did partake to one strand
of golden beads for their garland. Their tree is beautiful in it's simplicity.
Animated plush ice skating Peanuts characters and Storytime Bear (The Night Before Christmas) courtesy of the kids' Great Aunts Mary and Irene. :)