And so the children and I went off to collect sticks. They were in their element. I bowed to their stick-choosing expertise. They revelled in it.
We drilled holes in them and slid them over a dowel. The kids decorated the tree, first with leaves. Then we carried our teetering tower inside and hung the ornaments and strung the lights.
Note to self: next time, use rebar. It lasted a grand total of one day. Our Christmas tree was short-lived, but well-loved.