For my tree, every year I get out the instructions & shape every branch according to the instructions & it looks pretty darn close to the pic on the box. I'm not saying that works for every tree, but it's a place to start. My friends laugh at me b/c I follow the directions, but hey...they also compliment my tree every year!
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace & goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.