I've been feeling a bit lazy and Scroogish so far this holiday season. My Christmas cards have been sent, and much of my shopping is done, but I just haven't been able to get myself geared up for the baking and decorating. The kids need a tree though, so putting up the tree was today's mission. J.C. is the ultimate Scrooge when it comes to the tree. In his words, "It is a wasted weekend day putting it up, and another wasted weekend day taking it down. Bah humbug." Nice. Clearly, I was getting no help from him. Elise and I tromped around the attic until we finally found the tree. Those tree boxes weigh a ton. We managed to drag it over to the top of the stairs. Then I slid it down the stairs, nearly crushing Elise in the process. There's a nice holiday headline for you: "10 Year Old Girl Crushed by Artificial Tree, Mother to Blame."
Eventually, we got it standing and plugged in and got busy decorating.
Addie started off the morning trimming the tree as a ballerina... a Sugar Plum Fairy, perhaps?
At some point, she decided a Pocahontas costume was more appropriate for the event. Doesn't everyone have multiple outfit changes for these occassions?
Nina asked me to take this picture of her. I'm not sure what the expression means, but I obliged.
Although J.C. would rather not be at all involved in the tree decorating process, we force him to help put the angel on top. It would not be pretty if I tried picking up Addie like that. That headline would read: "Christmas Tree Collapses under Three Year Old Dropped by her Mother."
I didn't have to buy anything OR clean up the mess! Plus, a few of our neighbors were there too, so it was just like a party at home... kind of... well, if you ignore all the other people we didn't know who were there too. Really, it was just like home but better. Plus, they make lattes!
I think our day of Christmas cheer got me more in the Christmas spirit. I mean how can I look at this face and not get excited about Christmas?!
Only two weeks until Christmas! Are you ready?