Okay, we cut the twine off, let it unfold and, as the French say, "WALLA!" Unfortunately, the French don't know how to spell that word. My kids both shrugged and said "meh," and went back to what they were doing. But Lisa and I are happy! Nice shape, no mice, and if there's an ugly side, nobody will see it unless they're looking through our windows. A new tradition is born! Now, this tree just needs a little love.