It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

This morning, we awoke to SNOW... just a few inches; but temperatures haven't reached above 14 degrees, so we're hoping it sticks around for awhile.  I'd really love to have a white Christmas.

The Friday after Thanksgiving, we wandered out in search of the perfect, Christmas tree.  We found a beautiful, Douglas Fir at Home Depot; brought it home in the truck; perched it in it's stand; gave it a nice, long drink of warm water; cranked up the Christmas music; and proceeded to decorate it for the Christmas season.

When I was just a baby, my parents started the tradition of giving my siblings and I each a new Hallmark Keepsake Ornament, when we decorated the tree, every Christmas.  Then, when we got married, we got to take all our ornaments to decorate our own trees, but Mom and Dad continued giving each of us and our spouses a new ornament to add to our growing number.  Yea!

With our family's love for fishing and my love of raccoons, Mom and Dad gave BJ and I this cutie, to add to our tree, this year.  (I tried to get a close-up of it, hanging in the tree, but my camera wasn't cooperating... Hallmark to the rescue!)

BJ and I decided to carry on this fun tradition with our own kiddos.  Here Ezekiel is adding his new ornament to the tree.

He's my little reader and just loves to listen to stories and always has, so this ornament was perfect for him!

Adina wasn't even two-months old for her first Christmas; but this year, with Daddy's help, she added the second, little bear, in a series of five, to the tree.

I, also, couldn't help picking up this cute, little picture frame to put our new, family photo in.  (That's not us :)!)

When they weren't diving in head first or racing to grab something else from the Christmas boxes, Ezekiel and Adina were super helpers.

Here's our finished tree with all our special ornaments; white lights; poinsettia leaves; pine cones; berry twigs; red and white, Christmas balls; and a distressed, white star on top.

We've, also, always put up a little tree in each of the kids' rooms.  Ezekiel has a "cowboy" themed tree, complete with more white lights; shiny, red trimming; antiqued, star and bell ornaments; raffia lassos; and red bandannas.

Adina's is a "sweet treat" tree, boasting white lights, yet again; glittered, pastel trimming; gingerbread cookie and cake plate ornaments; and clear pink and snowflake ivory, Christmas balls.

Last Friday, Ezekiel and I decided we needed to add a little more Christmas to our play/school room and made these pretty poinsettias.

We found the idea for them in our first grade, December/January 2009-10 issue of Mailbox magazine.  They were so easy, with just construction paper, staples, glue, and a little, creative folding (Although, we did substitute yellow pom-poms for the yellow, construction paper, flower centers.); we kept making more.  Wouldn't they be cute in pastel colors for Springtime decorations?

I'm off to finish our chicken dinner courtesy of Paula Deen.

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