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First, it was Santa isn't real. Now, it's Christmas trees aren't free. Who would have thought! As we continue to create our own holiday traditions, we're contemplating this: To buy the classic tree, or to get creative with something more elevated in design?

While you never can go wrong with a gorgeous fir, there are tons of super cool designs that can make your home pop. From beautiful DIYs to new takes on greenery, the possibilities are endless to get your home in the spirit of the season.

We consulted Pinterest to find the best alternative to the real-deal tree, and found a bevy of do-it-yourself challenges. From minimalist to artful, these are the alternative Christmas trees we're choosing from this year.