As tradition goes, the Katherine Hospital was plunged into fierce competition this week.
Tinsel, bright lights, gifts, Christmas trees and ornaments filled the halls as teams went head to head in the annual Christmas decorating contest.
It has happened for as long as most can remember.
Each year, excited students from Casuarina Primary School are bribed, with sparkles and candy canes, into choosing the best ward - the nurses from maternity snapped up bragging rights for 2020.
But this year, the competition took on another focus - men's mental health.
"We wanted to do something that brought one community group in to help us, while supporting another," nurse manager of the Jack Roney ward at the Katherine Hospital Rebecca McLellan said.
The Katherine Men's Shed has spent the past two months rustling up 50 Christmas trees, recycled from old pallets collected from the RAAF base and chuck-out piles across Katherine.
Five went to the hospital along with an old-fashioned, wooden, red billy cart - which hospital staff are now in the midst of selling off in a raffle supporting Mental Mates.
Others were donated to schools to be decorated, and some were used at the annual community Christmas Carols.
For the small contingent of men part of the construction challenge, it was a chance to de-stress and give back during one the hardest times of year for a large amount of people.
"By the time we had cut up the timber, knocked it together with glue and moved onto the next one, we would have had the chance to have a good chit chat about our lives," vice president of the Katherine Men's Shed Bryan Walter said.
"It was a huge stress relief - it was something objectively different for the eight of us involved which is good when you need something to take your mind off work and troubles.
"It is nice to also see others benefiting from what we do."
The Men's Shed has officially been open since March of this year.
And in a town where bringing projects to life can be a long, drawn-out process, the men have already tackled some big tasks.
Not only is the shed a place for men in Katherine to share skills and work on community projects, a focus on health is at the forefront.
"Men's health is a serious issue, especially as Katherine is such a remote region," Mr Walter said.
"A lot of these blokes are handy with their hands, but outside of work there is not much for them to do.
"Men don't often talk about mental health, but are much more likely to speak with their friends especially if they are working side by side, or as the Australian Men's Shed association likes to say, shoulder to shoulder."
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