As distinct from Christmas post! It is a strange time when one festivity is over and the New Year not yet upon us. What can one do but shop and eat chocolate? I am always glad when normal life and routines resume but some kind of winter celebration does seem necessary. I love trimming the tree and, in this photo, a friend's dog spotted a bird on a branch outside the window, gave in to canine curiosity and emerged tastefully decorated with tinsel.