By the time this is printed, there is no doubt that most people will have their Christmas decorations up! I have to confess that mine have been up for a while now… and at the earliest possible opportunity; once the calendar has flipped over to December.. I’m up in the loft (or more likely sending my dad up there) to get down my decorations. I’ve been collecting a very eclectic mix of Christmas decorations for the last ten years – ever since having my own first tree, and they rate from the ridiculous to the sublime.. my sister has, for several years, given me what I can only imagine, are the most horrible decorations she can find – as a child I was scared of frogs – so most of them are frog related… (who knew they make frog based Christmas decorations?!). Anyhow… I love them all as much as the beautiful antique baubles passed down from family, or the crystal drops, which sparkle in the fairy lights – because they make me think of my sister. All of these things are pointless without the tree though – the Christmas tree, which forms the heart of most people’s Christmas decorations, has been a fixture in our homes in this country since they became popular in Victorian times.