My attitude is...as long as I can get around, I'm going to have a tree. However, I realized last year that I could no longer safely handle the 7 1/2 foot tree stored in the attic. Getting it down from the attic took five trips and that did not include the decorations. And then there was the two step stools and ladder from the basement needed to decorate it. The whole process took me 2 to 3 days.
So this year I've made a change. You might say I'm cheating...it's really not a tree. But, I couldn't resist the ease of this thing - it took 10 minutes to put up. I didn't have to move furniture out of the room and it came decorated. I did add my favorite brass star for the top and some additional special ornaments and balls but the lights were already there and most ornaments.
And when the holiday is over, the tree will come down with the decorations attached, the pole it hangs on will come apart in two pieces and put in the box with the stand and it will all fit under a bed or in the back hallway. Yes, Martha Stewart would probably cringe but I'm thinking...it's a good thing.