How scrawny are your branches? We finally got a tree, we couldn't really afford a real one this year so I caved and let Keith convince me to get a fake one (he didn't really have to convince me that much, I just have to keep up appearances!). He found a great deal on a pre-lit tree and when he first brought it in and I saw the picture on the box I was pleasantly surprised at what $30 will get you in the fake tree market! It was a picture of a very beautiful, full Christmas tree all a-twinkle with clear lights. Well, our tree is beautiful and a-twinkle with clear lights, but it is anything but full! It actually came together pretty nicely, and I think that is in large part due to the fact that we didn't have to struggle with the lights. I took some pictures, but they were either too bright because of the flash or dark and a little fuzzy without the flash (I prefer those). Anywho, we had fun hanging up our 17 ornaments, and the result is actually quite lovely.