Every year without fail, I decorate the tree and then spend the next couple of days looking at it and tutting because I'm not happy with the way it looks. I don't like perfectly coordinated trees and I don't like tinsel, and yet I always feel that my trees are too ecletic and messy.
This year I new I wanted a cream tree (we always have a fake) and I had a picture in my head of a beautiful glowing tree standing in the corner.
The first night that I decorated it, I used blue as well as the red and the white, but wasn't sure that I really liked it. Although Jim pointed out that I never like it on the first night, so I decided to sleep on it.
And the next day I knew exactly what I wanted to do. So I took off all the blue decorations and replaced them with a combination of white woodland animals and natural wooden ornaments.
And for the first time in years I'm really happy with it. I love the combination of the white, cream and natural woods and the fact that it glows with an ethereal quality. And I love the little bursts of red. In fact I love it so much that I'm already dreading having to take it down.
Although Lily's suggestion of it being a Birthday tree would mean I don't have to, as we have birthday's in both January and February (I like the way she thinks!).
We haven't managed to get very many other decorations up yet, much to Bella's eternal annoyance. But I've been putting up little bits and pieces around the place and hopefully will manage to get the rest up over the next few days.