I started unpacking ornaments and laying them out. I couldn't find the angel to put on top of the tree, so I sorta went with the idea of a "concept tree." Here's the beginning of a couple with different toppers.
The top hat adds a bit of distinction to the old tree, don't you think?
On the other hand, the red of this voyageur's bonnet brightens up the tree considerably.
The angel was in the second box of Christmas stuff I brought down. So, on with the lights we went. Heavy and/or unbreakable ornaments on first, down below. Lighter and more delicate ornaments as we ascend. Last of all, lots of little glass balls from my parents' trees, all over.
No single concept, just Christmas Overload
Natural light - no flash - brings out all the gauzy, glittering charm.