We’re almost done with this year’s tree. (We found a toy of the Weasley’s Ford in Florida to tuck into the tree.) So we’ve started on next year’s.

Next year’s will take most of a year. We’re at the contemplating things stage. Next we’ll sketch out a few tree designs. We’re making the tree itself! Design ornaments. Build and wire everything.

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Next year’s tree will be steampunk. Time to brush up on my soldering skills! One concept is to make the tree out of copper piping. I anticipate lots of moving parts.

Also if I start now I can buy materials as they go on sale.