under the tree? I'm okay with not having a tree but, when children are involved, decorating the tree is part of the ritual. The most important part of that tradition in our home is the placement of the angel at the top of the tree and the manger and the figurines at the bottom. The Wise Men get moved closer and closer to the manger each day until they reach it on January 6th. Just can't stand seeing trees discarded before then.