"That's not how it's going to be" I said to myself eventually - "we can recover something here". After painstakingly removing all the shards of the broken baubles, so that they would cause no injury, I remembered that I had a different kind of ball waiting to be hung. It is a solid blown glass one, a sort of witch's ball, and weighs a good deal more than the broken ones. But I found a way to hang it alongside the remains of the other group, and after contriving some 'special' lighting in my amateurish way, so that they would all shine for the camera, I decided that the newly constituted group was worth photographing.
So here I am sending the seasonal message of renewal and hope, light and celebration, to all my blogging friends. May your lives be full of blessings, and may you recognise them for what they are.