NEVER get an 11' foot tree…EVER! Not only did I not have enough lights, but getting this thing in the house, trying as two gay boys unfamiliar with saws to cut some of the trunk off with a saw that was made for plastic, not wood, and getting it standing up straight were a nightmare!
Decorating it was fun, and I'm glad to have a tree again. I've been living on my own since early 2002 and I've only had a Christmas tree one of those years. I love Christmas normally, but this one so far has been filled with lots of emotional and mental turmoil. I hope it works itself out soon.
Anyway, I think the tree came out beautifully. It was my fiance's idea to put the garland at the bottom. Not sure how I feel about it yet.