Santa's helpers: Ezra (Indonesia) and Tae (South Korea).
First you feed them...
...then you get them to build the tree!
In the past I'd take my students an hour north to Arlington where there's an excellent choice of Christmas tree farms, and we'd cut our own. But every year little critters managed to hitch-hike home with us. Three years ago one of those critters spun its own Christmas decoration between the angel atop the tree and the ceiling, and that did it for me! The very next year I switched from cut your own to build your own!
Ezra hangs the last decoration on the tree.
Then Tae exclaimed, "I've always wanted to hug a Christmas tree!"
Tae and Ezra even strung Christmas lights outside for me!
Santa's helpers were awarded chocolate brownies, ice-cream and sparkling cranberry juice
for all their labors.
Tae: "Yes, Santa, I've been a good boy all year!"