This week I splurged and bought a 4' pre-lit tree (half-off at the Zion Ace Hardware store). It is atop a pine sewing stand (Fargo antiques store purchase) that is covered with a vintage tablecloth. Our ornaments have been collected over the years. Every time I put them away I think I ought to weed out the ones that aren't particularly significant. I have yet to do so.
The nutcracker collection began with a gift from my mother circa 1990. It's either the soldier on the far right or the soldier who is second from the left. I found the "twin" at a garage sale. The blue soldier on the far left was another garage sale find. Mother gave us three more. The rest I have gotten at TJMaxx or Marshall's. Each season they have a select selection of the previous year's models for half the list price, but they go quickly. This year I was lucky and got the clockmaker (fourth from right). These are all German-made.