It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
The Crib is out (extreme left), the Swedish Bock is out (extreme right), and our Christmas candle stick has been lit. There are a few early cards on the dresser, and in the evenings we have been sitting by the fire with the lights off.
I suppose the only thing that would complete the festive scene would be two feet of snow, and a few Reindeer outdoors.
I shall cut the tree tomorrow, struggle to mount it upright in some leak-proof bucket, and drape it with seasonal kitsch. Christmas then will be officially 'open'.
I'm not sure why my attitude has changed, but this year I've really been looking forward to the whole caboodle. Bring it on!