How to take better pics in front of your Christmas tree.-- Use the Av mode (set it to the smallest number) and turn off your flash. Every year I try to take pics of my family or pets in front of the tree and they always turn out funny, now I know!
Trying to fill in someone else's shoes is futile. The person will at best be a shadow of the one who shoes they are trying to fill. It is best to have new shoes (their own) rather than live in the shadow of another