Owning a ladder would suggest to anyone, including yourself, that you are a fixer-upper type of person. You have skills at being really high. Screw going down and getting one of those fancy real trees from Target... pull out your trusty old ceiling companion and string it up with lights. Everyone will think you are awesome, but only until your wife chokes you out in your sleep for being a poor sick bastard with no christmas spirit that she desperately begs you to have and enjoy every waking moment of the holiday season. But you don't, hence the ladder.
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