The beauty of a cedar is the airiness of the branches and needles. You can hang ornaments deep within the branches and see into the center and out the other side.
To me this makes a cedar tree more special than a fir tree which tends to be thick and all the ornaments sort of perch on the outside of the tree. At night the tips cast a filigree shadow against the ceiling around the bevy of hand made angels.
Unpacking the boxes and rediscovering the many treasures prompts us to say "it's just like Christmas! Oh right, it is Christmas!" As we pull out items that were given to us by friends, tin ornaments from Mexico, painted ceramic birds from Guatemala, remembering the many seasons, and trips and times with friends and family as we unwrap and hang the various treasures.