While colored lights on the tree honestly would not have been my first choice, I accepted the challenge because that was important to George. I call it a challenge because photographing a tree with colored lights is really truly a challenge! It reminds him of being a kid at Christmas so how could you deny someone of that? Besides, I have plenty of white lights everywhere else. It is hard to capture in a photograph, the warmth that the tree really does put off. I did my best though. Underneath the tree is the tree skirt that George and I bought the first year that we were together. We have had a live tree together every single year that we have known each other - it is one of our favorite traditions (you can read about this tree by going to the article before this one on the design page). I wrapped a sheer gold lace fabric around the base of the tree itself. On top of the skirt I placed two red plaid pillows and beside the tree sits an old vintage mechanical Santa Claus.