Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tree Decorating 2011

Decorating our Christmas tree is one of my favorite things to do each Christmas season. I don't like to put the tree up before Thanksgiving, but as soon as possible afterward, I am all about getting into the Christmas spirit. This year we had to wait a little later than normal because we had many things going on, but the second Friday of December was family decorating day!

Our tree is tiny, but it's just perfect for our living room area. Here it is just at the beginning of our decorating.

This was the first year that Liam really got into decorating. He was a great help, although we did have to rearrange some ornaments to make sure every area got covered.

Jonathan was in charge of putting hooks on all of the ornaments.

Of course, we have our favorite stockings hung with care on the mantle.  We don't have a special stocking for Stella made by Aunt Hazel, but between Jonathan's mom and I, we hope to have her one made by next Christmas.  Hopefully, one us can figure out how to make those sweet, handmade stockings because they are so special to us!

And here is the final look at our tree!  You should see it now that all of the presents are wrapped and under the tree!

We also spent some of the day putting lights on the trees and bushes out front.  Clark Griswold, also known as Jonathan Bradshaw, decided he was officially tired of the traditional white lights (my preference).  Instead, he decided to go with some big multi-colored lights which remind him of the lights he grew up with.  I'll have to try to capture the front of the house when it's all lit up!  It may not be my favorite, but it sure does make my man super happy!

Can you believe that Christmas is just 4 days away!?  Where has this special month gone? 

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