Then we casually stuff them into a box and shove the into the ceiling void. Forgotten. Possibly to be nibbled at by rats. For eleven months. What a punch in the trunk for this symbol of peace and goodwill!
Well, not our Christmas Tree. Not this year.
This year I'm leaving our tree where it is.* And renaming it. In 2015 it shall be know as the 'Festive Tree'.
New decorations will be added for each upcoming festive occasion.
First up, New Year streamers and poppers, followed perhaps by Australian flags and a carefully placed thong or two for Australia Day. Hearts for Valentine's Day. Painted eggs for Easter. You get the drift.