How bout no tree.
We had a tree our first year in our house and then last year we had no tree. Just never got around to it. THis year we will forgo a tree because of three adverntious kittens that would most definatly get in it and tip it over causing me to do some not so nice things to the kittens.
When I lived with a college buddy we acutally had a fake tree and we would never take it down. We would carry it downstars and put a sheet over it and when it was time we carried it upstars and took the sheet off.
Presto wamo. Decorated tree.