They're not really a year late, it just looks that way.
And actually, the title of this post is a horrible, horrible lie. These are, in reality, pictures from decorating the tree --
-- which happened before Christmas.
The house was already decorated, and it looked very nice:
Anyhow, decorating the tree is a time-honored, lengthy, and serious process. Here, Alek demonstrates the appropriate attire and attitude for this undertaking:
For myself, I dressed up and took on a supervisory role:
After delving into many boxes which had not seen the light of day for nearly a year --
-- and placing and re-placing the ornaments (angels, reindeer, and other flying things near the top, ugly ornaments the kids made when they were six in the back) --
-- The tree was finished.
But wait! Something was missing!
Fortunately, one of us was able to keep her head and solve the problem:
I would have saved the day myself, but my plan to "MacGyver a tree ornament out of dryer lint, chewing gum, and three raw eggs" was met with open hostility.
Instead, grandpa just put the light-up angel on the tree:
And, if I may say so ("objectively"), the tree looked fantastic this year!