This is the sum total of the needles that fell off our tree while we removed all the ornaments and four strings of lights. Please note that this is what our floor looked like last year.
This year's tree was some kind of paean of arboreal greatness. We ordered a Fralsam (a hybrid of Balsam and Fraser) from Weir Tree Farms in New Hampshire. Price was on par with other mail-order tree companies, it shipped quickly, it smelled incredibly good, and the needle retention on this sucker was just dynamite. Truly a lovely, lovely tree. I can't recommend Weir Tree Farms enough!