After I posted last night, we got the tree in its stand-another slight fiasco since we didn't have the needed saw to chop off the bottom 1" of the trunk. Thank God for neighbors! Tonight we decorated the tree after it sat for a day. I think it looks great. It's not the best looking tree out there, but once decorated it looks really nice. Jerri (our cat) likes it too-especially putting her paws in the water. She's been good though-the tree hasn't come down yet so that's a good sign! I love the smell of it too-it's awesome and definitely makes it feel like holiday time!