Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Trimming the Tree

" Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree. How lovely are your branches!"

Our tree is up!! Based on the voting that took place to the left side of this blog, I know that I am in the extreme minority of people who put their tree up before Thanksgiving. Growing up we always put our tree up the day after Thanksgiving and I would carry on that tradition but we've got a new tradition now of going to Illinois every Thanksgiving to spend time with the Chatterton side of the family. And since I'm always exhausted and have tons of laundry to do after that trip, it's nice to get the decorating done before Thanksgiving. I'm still not done decorating, but at least the tree is up.This little three year old took this project quite seriously this year. He would examine an ornament and then search the tree for just the right spot to hang it. He usually went with the same three branches that ended up with about 8 ornaments a piece.
Looking for just the right spot. Poor guy, he still doesn't realize that I rearrange the ornaments once he's done. Please tell me that the rest of you do that too?

McKenna was enjoying the tree trimming action once Christian gave her a jingle bell. I think she has a new favorite toy.

My little reader checking out a Christmas book. I also must add that she is wearing a 12-18 month outfit in this picture. My word, I can't believe it!

I remember rediscovering the joy and magic of Christmas when I started teaching. Kids definitely fill the air with excitement this time of year and I can easily find something to cherish in just about every moment. I got home from the grocery store last night and saw the some of our neighbors had Christmas lights up on their house. I went inside and told Christian we were going to go on an adventure. I took him out to the already warm car with no coat or shoes and (can't believe I'm confessing this) let him sit in the front seat of the car while we slowly drove down our street. We discovered about five of our neighbors with Christmas lights already blinking. He would point and squeal and study each display, rambling on and on about what he was seeing. So fun! I love this time of year!


Katy said...

it is so fun, isn't it? Christian is going to have SO much fun this year - it's so exciting. we'll put all our stuff up on Friday, and I can't wait! :)

Heather said...

I remember my mom rearranging the ornaments we put on the tree as children....I was pretty easy going as a child so it didn't bother me. I'm already wonering how I'm going to deal with that....I'm thinking of getting Liam his own little tree that he can put all of HIS ornaments on and decorate it the way he wants!