The fishnet stockings, as I intended them, gave Susie's long legs a nice, festive look, but would not stay up for more than an hour or so. I keep meaning to get her a pair of shoes from a quid-bin at a Cowley centre charity shop, but I've not got round to it yet. (You have to cut out the sole of one shoe for her stand, and you need to get the heel height right too. Tricky.) You can really appreciate Susie's dramatic pose from this angle. When she's not covered with tinsel, she almost looks like she's doing a tai-chi movement. We hadn't got very far with wrapping our presents by this stage, just the one or two we didn't want each other to see.
Photographs and tree-dressing by Jeremy Dennis