Starting with some pine tree branches salvaged from the park across the street, we jammed the ends into our umbrella base, then pretty much tangled them up in enough rope to make it resemble something close to a tree shape. After further enforcing this glorified tumbleweed with a string of lights, we ran around the house grabbing trinkets and tying them to the tree. No better, or cheaper, way to light up the house with love.
I have fond memories of going out with my dad and finding the cheapest tree (always under $20) so I feel like I really made him proud with this one. Doesn't get much cheaper than free. **NOTE: It has been brought to my attention that my mother was the one who set the $20 limit on the Christmas tree, my dad was just following her orders. That almost makes it more fun of a story...**