My neighbour asked me yesterday to come and look at her Christmas tree. She had just put it up, and was especially proud of her 50-year-old lights, bought the first Christmas after she married. The decorations too she explained were probably as old, and every year it was exciting to unwrap them and remember them from Christmases gone by.
I hope this is how I still feel about Christmas when my lights are fifty years old. I love Christmas, and getting a Christmas tree – real of course for the wonderful smell – is a highlight. There is something about that moment when you open the box of decorations, dragged down from the attic or out of the garage – a whoosh of cold, tinselly air that immediately makes you feel like Christmas.
My decorations are mainly peacock colours, with the addition this year of a small family of squirrels.
What’s your favourite Christmas tree decoration?