Here are the fruits of my labors. You can click on any of the pictures to see a larger image.
I love having a pretty tree with a color theme. Mine is silver and white. I use a pre-lit artificial tree. No pretty tree smell, but so much easier! And I learned when I lived in my apartment years ago that a really great and inexpensive way to add a lot of decorations is by using two rolls of nice wired ribbon and 2 packages of pre-wired bows (one shiny set and one matte set.) Then I just had to supplement with about 6 boxes of silver and white ornaments. Everything goes back into their original boxes when the season is over.
This is something that I recently inherited from my grandparents who both passed last year. They made this together to hold a Mexican nativity scene. My grandpa built this diorama from a picture frame and wood. My grandma painted the inside and added the stars and rays. There are holes for lights, although the current lights aren't working and this is the best place I could find for it--my entry hall--which doesn't have any outlets. But since this is the first time Christmas Eve will be at my house instead of at the grandparents', I was determined to find a place for this. I know it will mean a lot to my family when they see it.
And now, 2 more days of vacation. It is nice to know that the bulk of the decorating is all done!