It’s that time of the year and I put up my Christmas tree tonight. It’s not a ‘real’ one… rather, it’s made of plastic and optical glass fibres.
The way these work is really cool. All the optical fibres terminate in the base, where a lamp shines down their length. A semi-transparent disk, tinted various colours, rotates in front of the fibre-ends and thus colours the light that appears at the other end of the fibres. This gives a shimmery sparkling Christmas lights effect all over the tree. Looks stunning.
Although I do like a real tree (as in one that has been cut out of a plantation), for me it’s all a bit too much fuss and bother. My fake tree is half-size (good for my little unit), doesn’t drop pine needles, doesn’t need watering, and I can decide at the last minute whether or not I’m going to put it up. (Some years I don’t bother if I’m stupidly busy.)
My favourite decorations are the angels and stars. I have these in all shapes and sizes. Here are some pictures…
If you have a Christmas tree, what are your favourite decorations? Do you prefer the sensory experience of a real tree, or the no-fuss option of a fake one?