While many families like to decorate early in the Christmas season, at our house we have a different tradition. There is a flurry of birthdays through December with Phoebe's being the last. She turned twelve yesterday and it was celebrated with appropriate fanfare. Only then it is time for Christmas. Phoebe (with a little help from grandma) art directed the tree this year. It was decided the colours would be silver and gold with predominantly white (or mostly white) ornaments. As always, only hand made (by family members) ornaments grace our tree, some dating back almost forty years. There are so many wonderful ornaments now they couldn't possibly all fit on our tree. Each ornament brings back so many great memories of events, celebrations and people. Christmas is all of these things and much, much more. It's Christmas at last.