This is probably the latest we have ever decorated our "inside" tree. I made a bit of a blunder - I had forgotten that last year I had purged nearly all of our Christmas lights. The strands that were left would not light - I tried - I switched countless bulbs and little fuses to no avail. Ed was out last night to take Hannah to bagpipe practice - yes - three days before Christmas and they still had practice - and offered to get me new lights (among all the other things he had on his list).
Maybe, just maybe, the children won't even miss the electric lights and I will never again lose an entire day plugging and unplugging wee little bulbs and rethreading burnt out ones. One can only hope.
Even without lights the tree still looks pretty.