The trimmings are down, slowly, slowly, bit by bit and the last to be put away is the tree. First of all the baubles and tinsel are taken off and finally the lights. Once the tree is completely bare (and thanked for being so wonderful over Christmas) and back to a tree again, it is then recycled into the council compost bin.
The branches are trimmed and the needles hoovered up. Back to simplicity now.
PS I did find some bargain garlands and baubles at the CS and JS so they've been put away for next year.