On Saturday, before making my trip to the farm, we busted out the holiday gear. ‘Tis the season to be jolly and all, you know.
Husband worked his magic outside, ringing up the lights with minimal drama. Luckily after a few years living here he has a pretty good memory of what worked and what didn’t.
While the kids napped, we pulled the tree out of the basement and brought it upstairs. As much as I’ve grown up a “fresh tree” girl, we are now artificial tree owners. (Aside: There is an incident from our younger years – 2002? that involved our condo, a helluva lotta needles and almost throwing our tree from 14 stories.)
Ahem. So now we have a fancy prelit tree which while takes the fun out of going out and cutting down the tree, at least makes it easier to get up for the kids. However, it’s simply not enough to just have included white lights on the tree. Oh no…we go and gussy it up with a “few more” strands of lights.
Kids wake up from their naps and get to help decorate the tree.
B is beyond excited – he decided to play “manager of the ornaments” and coordinated where they should go.
Mayita got the hang of it as well and she was more than happy to help – in her own way.
We broke out cookies next – mind you the premade Gingerbread Men cookies that you just pop in the oven and bake but whatever. They sure enjoyed decorating the little guys, even if Husband had to clean icing up the next day. 😉
Finally, once the sun went down, the automatic timer kicked in and the kids got to see their Dad’s handiwork. They were both pretty impressed by the pretty lights (and the hodgepodge of lawn decorations). Usually we add to the collection each year (Mickey was last year) but we haven’t done so yet.
Heck, the fact that we packed all that holiday cheer into one day was good enough for me.