I must begin this post with a note to self: Don't EVER try to do Christmas decorations beginning at 5:00 in the evening again. You will not enjoy it and will be ready for everyone to go to bed when there is still tons of work left to be done. Oh, and don't forget that EVERY time we put up Christmas decorations, Rick has to stop in the middle, go to Walmart, and get new lights. Yet another reason to begin this process earlier in the day. (Having that Charlie Brown episode on the DVR was a brilliant way to occupy these crazy kids while Rick went to Walmart to pick up new lights. ALWAYS be prepared in that way.)
Now, back to those of you who are reading the post:
I am not good at decorating. I don't particularly enjoy decorating. I do enjoy the finished product. For all of these reasons, I put Abby and Rick in charge of our Christmas decorating. I basically have jobs that I complete in the process in order to be useful, but just do what I am told. I don't get excited about this process.
I did choose to engage the process this year by playing Christmas music loudly in our house and baking chocolate chip cookies for us to enjoy during the oh-so-painful process
Rick and the kids bring all the boxes in
These two were pretty excited. I don't want them to miss out on our traditions just because we have older kids. It is so easy to stop doing them. I am determined not to do that!!
I want you to notice Lauren in each of these pictures.
She thinks she is so clever with her poses.
Sorting and fluffing the branches
The tree in our living room is 19 years old! Rick and I got it our first Christmas as a married couple. It is still going strong. We are baffled every year that there are still needles on the tree after 19 years of vacuuming a floor covered in therm!!
We don't do a real tree for two reasons:
1. We have too many allergies.
2. I don't need another thing to keep alive!
Now she has Laila posing with her
Thank you, Lord, for giving me a husband who likes to decorate for Christmas!
This is the 19 year old tree with Rick's and my ornaments
The kids' tree in the Family Room with their ornaments
Isaiah made this picture at church on Sunday
The reason we celebrate!!