The outside star is up! I'll try and get a good photo of it to post here. As usual, there was some muttering and grumbling, both of the good-natured and not-so-good-natured kind... but it's up, with no injuries, or major pieces of the house being ripped off.
For some reason I imagine spiders enjoying Christmas... wrapping presents, tying bows, making wreaths... and despite my phobia about Real Life Spiders, I've grown rather fond of my own. They are good for dispensing words of wisdom. The one appearing here on the 4th of December is letting us know to just stick a bow on it and move on. Call it good enough, and stop stressing over the little things.