Wishing upon a Christmas tree

The Yuletide fixture may have symbolised many things since its inception in the 16th century - but for me, it is a sign of hope

I have two Christmas trees in the house this year.

The first, which stands in the living room, is an older six-footer, which I bought maybe five years ago. Yet, this is only the second time it has come out of its cardboard box.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 23, 2018, with the headline 'Wishing upon a Christmas tree'. Print Edition | Subscribe