To get my Christmas tree to fit in the stand, I always end up shaving a few boughs off the bottom. If you're like me, instead of tossing them in the yard waste bag, collect the boughs and secure the ends together with twine. Then take a length of red satin ribbon, wrap it around the bough ends a few times (to cover up the twine) and double knot in place. I'm going for a real simple look this year but you could always jazz it up with other types of greenery, pinecones and ornaments. Hang the swag in a prime spot outdoors. Easy peasy!