So I wrapped her up firstly in some gold braid, for modesty's sake, then cold tiny flower lights from Habitat, who make the very best Christmas lights. These ones make me think of the flower-petalled lights we had every year as a child, except that they're better in just about every way, but better in the same way as the ones when I was a child. The tinsel and icicles went on over the lights, to provide hanging opportunities for baubles, birds and lametta.

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Photographs and tree-dressing by Jeremy Dennis