After a few days of very hard work, the room is looking an awful lot better and tonight I was able to deck the halls, as they say. Much like in real life, I'd forgotten quite how many decorations I have...
The first job is to get the tree in position although to be honest, it doesn't matter where it goes these days as I don't use the lights. When my dad first built my dollshouse I, for some unknown reason, felt the Christmas tree should have coloured flashing lights - so that's exactly what it has.
|The socket that connects to the plug on the tree|
Next year I am hoping to swap the bright lights (although you can actually adjust the brilliance on them as well) for more delicate white bulbs, though I'm not sure quite how easy this will be.
|I got over excited and put the fairy on first|
Decorating a 1:12 scale tree when you have massive hands is no mean feat, trust me. It's worth persevering though as it does look beautiful when complete. I struggled to know whether or not to use the flash in these photos as although I want to show the detail, I also want to capture some of the cosy atmosphere.
|The tree is up!|
And here it is in context (after a slight disaster with the draughts board but we won't go into that).
|Ready for Christmas|
I love that there are lots of details to spot in this room and am particularly fond of the sliced Christmas cake ready to eat.
|Good enough to eat|
It took me a while to work out where to put Father Christmas's plate of treats and then I realised this must be the fireplace he would come from so he could have easy access to the tree (where the presents would be left, obviously).
|Ready for his visit|
Obviously my family need an advent calendar to countdown to Christmas (cue cries from husband: "You bought them an advent calendar and not me?!) but I think the children have got over excited when opening the doors - it looks like number 24 is already open.
|The countdown begins!|
Down in the kitchen cook has everything under control. The turkey is ready to go in the oven (although this one was just in case of extra guests and won't be cooked) and the sprouts are ready for boiling.
In the dining room the table is laid with the new centre piece taking pride of place.
|Can you spot the Christmas teapot?|
And again, in the context of the room.
|Turkey and pudding at the same time? Why not!|
Before I turn the lights off, I always put the fronts back on the rooms so I can step back and admire it. I love peeking through the windows and imagining what's going on inside.
|Who wouldn't want to go inside?|
|A very inviting scene|
And of course, no house would be complete without a holly wreath on the front door.
|Looks like it's been snowing|