Christmas! In my family, from when I was a little girl, the Christmas tree gets put up on the weekend before my birthday - so, here it is. Step 1: Assemble tree, adding lights as you go, so you can get them right into the centre of the tree, not just looped around the outside.
Here is a close up of thoseWe never actually light these, of course! although we did know some crazy Canadians once who used to light theirs - and on a real pine tree - just for a few minutes each Christmas eve, then turn off all the lights in the house to appreciate it. Given that Christmas is right in the middle of our bushfire season, I don't think any Ozzies should try that at home!
Next come the decorations - a host of heavenly angels to keep watch over us
Then come the precious handmade ornaments from dear friends and my mother
And finally, a star to light the way.