Last week we decided that Saturday morning would be reserved for erecting our Christmas tree. In case you cannot tell from the picture, this is a very old fake tree and some of the lights are out. We have chosen to augment with an additional strand of lights. It works. One of the big perks of a fake tree, no shedding of needles, escapes us as sure enough this one seems to drop them in droves any time you go near it. The wife and I have decided that this will be out last year with this tree...which may change after I see the price tags of new trees. All of this said, the girls had a blast decorating it. We drank hot chocolate and listened to Christmas music. It was a pretty excellent morning and a fitting kick off for our family's celebration of the holiday.