(last pic from my phone)
Our tree is up, or at any rate, the ornaments are hung and are safe. We may still get an evergreen.
Last week I was driving home at dusk and saw a six-pointed buck with a herd of about ten does on a front lawn. The buck had very fine posture as he held his antlers erect and stalked slowly across the grass, finally crossing the street and blending into the shrubs across the way. A plumber's van driving by flashed its brake lights as the driver caught a glimpse of antlers and for a moment as he passed, the plumber and I looked into each other's eyes and knew the shared joy of that unexpected sighting.