Mine has a skirt! And I am slightly OCD so the lights will be perfectly strung with just the right amount of space and I always work hard to try to hide the wires. I can make myself fairly crazy. My two brothers know how particular I am about my tree and when they come over they like to take a bunch of the same colored ornaments and bunched them all together on one branch to get me going!
I remember those experiences and others - dogs drinking tree water (evidently to wash-down the icicles/tinsel), drilling & fitting extra branches for that full, bushy look, a couple trees that "timbered," a Green-Winged Macaw roosting in our tree, chasing a yipping Shih-Tzu/Chainsaw cross through the yard so I could extract tinsel-woven "dingle-bells," the tree that came home with a dead squirrel in it, hunting for that ONE faulty mini light in the strand, cleaning-up needles from the carpet after the fact . . . but it was all fun when the Kids were little. "Getting the tree," tubing, and the annual winter picnic were always a blast. Now all of my indoor & outdoor decorations have been bequeathed to the Kids (including my robust, welded Christmas tree stand that will NEVER result in a tip-over) & I no longer risk life & limb scaling the roof top. The Kids & their Mom decorate so I have 3 places to visit to revel in Christmas cheer. Works for me. I did consider placing a laser projector out front to wash the exterior of the house with stars, but figured that would just get vandalized or stolen.