I want to say that once the Christmas tree had been decorated, the kids started to look at it in awe.
The sentence that I might write may read:
The fir-tree has/had (already) been decorated and looked at by the kids in awe.
What sort of embarrasses me is the sequence of the prepositions "at by" and the near "in' which to me, seems rather clumsy. "
…looked at in awe by the kids",
again, to me, reads no less clumsy.
Is there a way to convey the idea some other way, grammatical and colloquial/readable?
My variant is:
The fir-tree (having been) decorated, the kids looked at it in awe;
although the "at it in awe" part to me, reads somewhat funny too, like "ta-ti-ti-ta" or somewhat like that.