on sunday morning we bought a real tree from the markets. it is the sweetest, funniest, stumpiest christmas tree i've ever seen. short and stout. the leaves smell good though and there are tiny pine cones on the end of the branches. so far she is furnished simply; un-glazed white clay shapes from auntie jill, two metal moose from auntie pauline, hand-blow glass bobbles from Strasbourg, norwegian christmas men from Jess, a few origami paper doves, a red wooden tree, an embroidered linen pin, a quilted heart and now after today's baking - some fragrant gingerbread. in the coming weeks we will slowly add to her branches, and maybe nibble off some gingerbread too... find my beloved recipe here. And I wonder - do you have a tree this year? how is she looking?