I decided to "make" my own Christmas tree this year, since I don't own a plastic one and fir trees don't grow in South Africa.
Step one: I went for a walk in a nearby eucalyptus (Australian blue-gum) plantation and found a nice fallen branch. I chose eucalyptus because it has a smooth bark.
Step two: I painted the branch white with some PVA paint I had lying about. The really fine branches took a while to paint...
I then added some baubles hung using fine, silver organza ribbon.
And also strung a few white LED lights and there you have it: an environmentally friendly (and free), African Christmas tree.