I decided that it would be nice to go ahead and get the decorations up. Last year we waited until after Finn’s birthday (December 3) because I didn’t want all the Christmas stuff out for his birthday, but we’re not having his party at our house this year so up went the décor.
We watched Elf and had a picnic on the living room floor.
Well, the kids watched Elf and had a picnic on the living room floor.
I’m not quite finished, but there’s enough to feel like we’re making progress and get the kids excited about Christmas. Although Mia did ask if we were having Christmas in the morning. When I said no, she said “but the tree is up.” Yeah, we’re going to need some kind of advent calendar to make it through the month.
Mia wanted to put popcorn garland on the tree because she had seen it in one of her books. I was all for it and thought it was a great idea.
Until I realized how stinkin’ long it takes to make. I have never done this before and just didn’t realize how time consuming it is. I think I was stringing popcorn and cranberries all afternoon…. I lost my helper soon after that picture, by the way.
But I do love how it looks. Good idea, Mia.
The tree – minus a star and a skirt because we don’t have either one. Those may have to be projects for after the party though. This tree is fairly new to us, although probably only my mom would wonder why that tree looks different than years past. We used to have a huge 9ft tree that was beautiful and so, so full. But it was one of those branch by branch assembly ones that took forever to put together and then forever to put the lights on [it literally took us all evening to do]. This one may not be as nice but the 5 minute assembly make it all worth it. Maybe one year I’ll be able to have nice decorations, or heck even just normal ball ornaments spread out a little better instead of having to cluster all the breakable ones towards the top. [Because Finn + round, breakable, items = no bueno] Then again, it is fun to look at the bottom of the tree and see ornaments all bunched together because that’s how Mia likes it.
The kids got their trees up, too.
Mia always loves for the lights to go on her bed too.
And here’s Finn’s.
He’s having a really hard time looking at that ball and not being able to hold it. We get the kids an ornament every year and try to find something that is representative of their year (Mia’s was a chick-fil-a cow last year) and we could easily get him one just like it again this year (his party is a ball theme) but I’m thinking we’ll get him a car. Then he’ll really have a hard time staying away. I can here it now… cahhhh, bawwww, cahhhh, bawwww.
Christmas is so fun. Remind me of that later when I’m running around stressed out.