Tuesday, December 20, 2011

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree...

I am still batting this very bad awful horrible cold. So things have been pretty slow at our house. My birthday was Sunday, exactly a week before Christmas, and that night we decorated our Christmas tree, a tradition that began when I was growing up.

First Caitlin organizes all the branches for the artificial tree.

Now it is set up and….anchored to the window sill (behind it) with fishing line because I a) have young boys with ADHD, and b) have cats with feline ADHD. Notice that the kitten wasted no time in snuggling in beneath it.

The box of tree ornaments is set on the coffee table. Some of the ornaments are handmade by my grandmother; others are real German glass; and usually every year I buy the children a special ornament that one day will go with them when they leave and start their own families. The kids’ stockings are in there too. I made them several years ago.

My First Assistant Caitlin puts the lights on the tree; 3 sets of 100 colored lights.

Megan is putting on a little snow girl ornament she received when she was very little.

Timmy puts on one of the many gingerbread men ornaments we have.

Ryan is putting on a snowman ornament he got when he was 5.

Caitlin always puts on the construction paper ornament she made in 1994 when she was 3.

This angel is one of the most special ornaments in our collection, and because of the “scary” face on it, we named it Fangula. Now how many of you have ornaments that have their own name? hee hee

Finally, the tree is finished and we turn the lights off and view our handiwork. No matter that we see the same decorations on it year after year…..it is always a special delight to see our decorated Christmas tree. J

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