First, the boys went out into the woods and selected just the right tree and cut it down and drug it into the house!
Well, actually, they went to the storage room and found the right box, and drug it into the house, and put the tree together! :) They did seem to experience a few challenges this year, but they persevered until they got the tree up and the lights working!
Then, Tiffany assumed her position of Chief Christmas Tree Decorator and Promoter of Christmas Cheer! This is a job at which she excels! She loves everything Christmas!!
First, she tried to set the mood by playing Bing Crosby's "White Christmas." We also decorated to the tunes of Josh Groban's Christmas CD.
Then, she made sure we had the appropriate refreshments, so everyone could munch on popcorn and peppermint bark and sip hot chocolate while decorating the tree!
Here, Hannah shows one of my tree ornaments that is 32 years old! :o When I was growing up, my Mom gave my sister and me a new Christmas ornament each year, so that we would have our own ornament collection when we got married and left home. I have tried to continue that tradition with my children, so they all have their own box of ornaments that they put on the tree each year.
When Joe got home from basketball practice, he started decorating the outside. He likes to do the garland and lights on the front porch.
Meanwhile, Tiffany turned her attention to the rest of the house, which she soon transformed into a winter wonderland!
For a number of years we quit hanging stockings, because of their connection with the whole Santa myth, but they are back due to popular demand! I enjoy filling them with small treats, and the children enjoy opening them on Christmas morning before they get to unwrap their larger gifts that are under the tree.
And here is my Willow Tree Nativity Set, a Christmas gift from my Mom and Dad a couple years ago. Isn't it pretty?
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights . . ." -- James 1:17.