This year we again tried the Christmas branch idea for our tree. Our twisted willow lost several large limbs in the big Election day storm of November and I cut part of one and spray painted it white. Using mostly white and gold ornaments and some twinkle lights made it quite festive. I like it so much that after Christmas I may hang it on the wall and decorate it with birds. A neighbor had a branch suspended over her grand piano covered with birds and it was magical.