It is many years since I decorated a Christmas tree at our place. When Precious was a kitten we tried unsuccessfully to have a tree but she delighted in climbing right to the top and over it would go. After a couple of years we decided it just wasn't worth the effort and, besides, it is very seldom, these days, that anyone comes to our home during the Christmas period. We now do have a decorated tree and from my armchair I can see it sparkle in the sunlight and the front verandah light keeps it bright until we go to bed each night. This photo was taken last night:
About 3 years ago I bought a tiny Norfolk Island Pine, and eventually Phil potted it on for me and it has now grown to about 6ft+ tall (over 2 metres). With the family coming here for afternoon tea on 1st December (for his birthday) I decided I would decorate the tree but.......it was now far too large for our small living room so on our front verandah it had to stay (actually it's under the pergola extension to the verandah so out in the open, just under shadecloth). We've had no rain here since 1st December (or before that) so the tree hasn't had a drop of water on it to spoil it. It's nice to have a real 'live' tree for a change and I feel quite satisfied with it (some of the decorations are quite old) and Precious now walks past it as though it's not even there. At age 12 she probably thinks she is too mature to bother with climbing Christmas trees. She just climbs the much larger ones in our garden.
P.S. We had some little girls from down the street pop in while I was decorating the tree and they were quite fascinated and one wee lass from across the street must have come in on at least 3 or 4 consecutive days "Just to look at your tree". That really did make the effort quite worthwhile as doing things like decorating this tree takes me quite a while with lots of sit downs in between adding decorations.