Over two weeks, Aaron and Malcolm beavered away in their workshop making 50 glass baubles, on top of their usual workload, especially for the event. With the baubles ready, painting stations, buffet and drinks set up, and the Christmas music on, myself and other members of the RSC Teesside Local Section Committee – Karen Johnston, Bex Charlton and Laura Smith – welcomed local members to the department. Members from all backgrounds attended: retired members, research technicians, chemists and physicists (undergraduates, postgraduates and academic staff), not only from the Durham area but also from as far afield as North Yorkshire and Leeds. The three-hour event was a sell out and some attendees spent up to an hour, if not longer, mesmerised by Aaron and Malcolm’s demonstrations. Bauble decorating styles ranged from amateur to expert, but the results were all gorgeous!