As much as I love the tasteful, the pale-coloured, the witty and the rustic decorations that now abound, sometimes only shine, glimmer and glitter will do.  Especially when a four-year-old is involved, anyway.  Great excitement as we put up our (admittedly small and artificial) Christmas tree – the boxes of decorations were gleefully opened and pored over.  “What’s this thing?”, “Oh, look at this!”, “Look at this beautiful one!”.  No, there was no way those lengths of tinsel were going back in the box.  And they do look so festive and cheerful, and so reminiscent of Christmases past.  I remember my own excitement as a child when the decorations would come out – the coloured light bulbs, the glittery angels and the shiny silvery icicles.  Yes, no doubt about it that glittery and shiny means special.  And there will be time enough for tasteful in the future.

And I’m enjoying a time when there’s a clamour to open a window on the advent calendar to see what picture is there.  Six down, eighteen to go …

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