My solution to the annual Christmas tree annoyance performed in our building's lobby is to dispense with the traditional concept in our own apartment, and use what is widely available in Thailand - orchids.
Today we purchased two large pots with a multitude of buds, both tending to a pale pink, the one above in a black glazed pot in the kitchen, next to the all important store of goodness, aka the fridge,
and the one in the sitting room in the terracotta perforated pot arranged by the vendor, to which I have added gilded feet as a stand. The pot was too large to fit into the yellow glazed pot that normally resides in this spot, but the perforation affords an inverted tree-like pattern, so obviously it was made with Christmas in mind. It was (not) tempting to add a few baubles as witnessed by my fellow blogger Loi Thai, (and especially as I had none that could compare to the red nipple effect that would clearly have been the business).
By strange coincidence my Christmas cards this year are a photograph of pale pink orchids. Co-ordination is the name of the game. As they say in Thailand: "Happy Christmas".