The Decorating Begins

I have never been one for decorating the tree or anything else until we are in sight of the big day itself. It is also a tradition in our house that I do the decorating either overnight or whilst Ian is at work so that I get to see his smiley face when he walks in to see everything done.
Today was that day. Starting with locating the tree, lighting it and then decorating it.

   

And that craft project that started with painting and glittering pine cones last week? With the addition of some dried orange slices and a set of battery operated lights, this was the outcome.

      
The smiles and hugs. The twinkling and shining. Christmas begins.