I broke down today and pulled the tree out. I have the lights on, the ribbons, the "necklace garland" (can't use real garland because of the cats - they like to eat it) and the angel. The rest I will leave for the girls.
There are a couple ornaments on it already though. I put all the stuffed animal ornaments in a bag last year I guess and threw them in the box with the ribbons & garland. As I opened the bag I smiled and got a little teary eyed as I pulled out Ernie, Mr Snuffalupagus, Elmo & Flounder (Bert must have gotten put in with the rest of the ornaments, so he's MIA at the moment) and set them at the top of the tree. See, these few ornaments have been on our tree every year for 15 years.... since our 1st Christmas. Demon #1 was only 3 months old and we were the brokest parents in the world. There was no way we could afford a tree AND all the trimmings so we just bought the tree - the most pathetic 5 foot tree that you could buy for $20. We set it up and I went into Demon #1's room and raided her stuffed animals. I strung Kix on a string for garland. It was pretty sad, but it was my favorite tree we've ever had. That year there were no presents under the tree either... none except for the $5 ragdoll that Jason went out and got for the baby demon because I insisted she had to get something. The next year we were a little better off so we did buy some ornaments, but those couple have stayed to remind us how far we've come since that 1st Christmas together.