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.

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.