that evening my grand-mother would make a big bowl of popcorn and a bowl of cranberries. My cousin and I would use a needle and thread to sting the popcorn and cranberries
We always did that too. I thought it was so pretty - the red and the white - but my problem was the popcorn always broke if I didn't hit the needle through it just right.
Despite my ineptness with it, I loved the tradition so much that when I became an adult, I did it with my kids, but they'd always eat the popcorn and we'd end up with extra cranberries - so one year I bought some of those tiny little white plastic balls that look like pearls with a hole drilled through them, and we used those with the cranberries and just ate the popcorn.
To this day - that is my favorite Christmas tree decoration. And you don't even have to do it every year. The cranberries darken and harden and it becomes even more beautiful in its own way.