Please recycle your tree: lay it down in the garden, so the needles can provide free food to the soil, gives birds protection from predators, keeps cats out of your garden & is a portable trellis for flowering vines in the summer
I love the elegance of all white lights, but my guys love multicolored lights. Christmas is about doing for others, so I have given up white Christmas lights. We are multi colored all the way now. You only have your kids at home for so many years.
This tree reminds me of my childhood Christmases after the grandparents arrived with packages that "Santa" gave them to give us! The tree was always surrounded with "mounds of packages" for our large family!