Your Christmas tree can, quite literally, provide inspiration for art quilts. One year we needed to trim away a few small errant twig/branches from the trunk. I looked at the bits of Douglas fir in my hand and decided they would make an excellent rubbing surface for my PaintStiks (and a lovely memento of a particularly pretty tree).
I simply placed them under an appropriate scrap of batik, rubbed some places in silver and others in gold, and (after that one-week curing period) stitched over the impressions with my favorite metallic thread. I used the fabric to make a quilted postcard.
If you are feeling ambitious, do lots of rubbings and you will have the most perfect fabric for a holiday lap quilt.
Time to go tree-shopping 😉