In the end after all my protestations I secumbed to a fir tree for Christmas. Oh yes, the kids decorated it with their favourite novelty decorations.
Some are family heirlooms others I have gathered along the way, they all tell a story of Christmases past, I know Christmases future will be added to the mix.
And the candles were put on as well! Friends have muttered about how lacking in responsibility I am, putting a tree together with live flame. Having been brought up in a wooden house with oil lamps I am used to these dangerous hazards and feel pretty gung ho about it. Always take sensible precautions, never leave them burning unattended.