We are glad we have already gotten our tree, decorated it and put up several other things for Christmas, but I am not sure putting something in the stockings was a good idea. Ruby can’t reach into the stocking, but she can ask five million times a day if she can look at what is in her stocking. “NO!!!!!!!!!” It’s my own fault, I suppose.
All that to say that everyone is excited about Christmas. We laugh at Mack because he is a little confused on the nativity sets. He has heard that Jesus is God’s son, so he names those in the nativity as “Murray (Mary), Baby Jesus, and God (Joseph).” Not an easy thing to explain to a 2 year old.
We are hoping that the birth of Jesus is what sticks out the most to our kids each Christmas season, though it is very easy to become distracted. Josh and I were having trouble ourselves as we roamed a very pricey Christmas Tree Farm. They had the most gorgeous wreaths I have ever seen. There was ornament decorating for the kids and face painting. They even had trees that had “snow” on them. Beautiful and expensive. Someone, evidently, buys their trees at this place or else they wouldn’t be in business…we just aren’t one of those families.
Kids waiting on the tractor
We did some decorating around the house later that night. The tree decorating would wait until Sunday afternoon. We were tired from a full day….not to mention that we were going on four and a half full days of family time.
Here’s our “chandelier” over the dining room table.
This is a basket of books, each wrapped individually. The kids get to open one each night leading up to Christmas…they are all Christmas-themed books. I got this idea from a friend last year. There will be a couple of DVDs in the mix, so that should be exciting for the kids. Grandma’s, if you see any cute Christmas books or DVDs, feel free to send them our way. I will give you full credit. 🙂
Here’s another tradition I have…having the kids get a picture taken with Santa. I wish you could see these up close because they are comical. Somebody is crying in each of them except the one where they all three look “drugged.” I am gearing Molly up for the event big time. I am hoping it will happen tomorrow, but we’ll see….Molly asked if we could go in that pottery store (Pottery Barn Kids) and my reply is, “After we take our picture with Santa!” She then will ask if she can get a slushee. “After we take our picture with Santa!” I am certain she is going to fall apart, but I am going to try very hard to help her enjoy the moment. It is doubtful that will be the case. Hopefully I will have a picture to show you tomorrow.