It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like . . .
(Warning--I am IN LOVE with the pictures in this post today! And I love Gary's camera for being able to take pics like these! I can already imagine these on some scrapbook pages! Okay . . . on with the story!)
Whether I'm really ready for it or not (Did the holiday season get here quicker than usual, or am I just getting old and time really does go faster with each year?), it's time for Christmas! Time for shopping, time for parties, time for the kids' Christmas play at church, time for Advent, time for seeing the lights crop up on neighborhood houses, time for hot chocolate, time for music non-stop on the radio, time for Christmas goodies . . . and time to decorate the house!
Gary has won his battle with the Christmas Light Gremlins (they apparently take all the working lights out of our strings during the year while they're packed up, and then he has to go buy new ones!) and he and Delaney got the tree up both Monday night and last night.
In our house, we have a lot of special holiday traditions (going on a search for the perfect live tree, celebrating Advent at home, our different gift giving traditions)--and I look forward to sharing them all with you within the next month--but the first we're doing here is getting the house all dressed up in its Holiday Attire.
It starts with the artificial tree (we put an artificial tree up in our living room, and then later go get a live tree to go in our den). We decorate it with specific ornaments (this tree includes our more "formal" ornaments that are fancier, most of them silver or gold or otherwise "glittery"), and then I decorate the living room and the rest of our upstairs with different decorations. Our main nativity set on the fireplace mantel . . . other nativity sets on the dining room table . . . greenery and red bows up up the stairway bannister . . . my snow man collection on side tables in the living room . . . and then my nutcracker collection upstairs.
Even though it was late (we let the kids stay up WAY past their bedtime to do it), it was so much fun having our special tree decorating night. All of the girls really got into the spirit of things and, surprisingly, there was no fussing last night among them. The worst problem was trying to get Sydney to keep her hands off of everything, and trying to remember who put the angel on top of the tree last year (McKenna and Delaney take turns each year).
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas,
everywhere you go . . .