After several heart attacks we got our tree up and running . It seems unbelievable that this time last year my wife was able to dress the tree - something she has loved to do for the past 47 years and has done beautifully .The illness has progressed so fast that she neither really had the interest or ability to do it . I tried to encourage her and she did try to stand and put a few baubles on but her balance was so bad that she quickly gave up which was both sad and a relief all in one . However she did deliver a series of imperious instructions as to where I was going wrong and how I should remedy it until she suddenly fell asleep and I finished it off . When she woke later she asked me where the tree had come from so I decided discretion was the better part of valour and claimed total ignorance and blamed the christmas tree fairy which seemed to appease her -now for mince pie making !