I probably shouldn't admit that we put the tree up two weeks ago, huh? Well, we did! I'm one of those annoying people! I don't know, I guess we are feeling extra festive this year. It's probably all the kids we have now! Ha ha! Two! Whole! Kids! SO MANY! Having children has made the holidays (watch out! Imma sound cliched for a minute!), well, magical for me. Seeing our four stockings all hung together on the mantel just fills me with joy. Sydney loved getting all the Christmas decorations out and decorating the tree this year and we loved watching her do it. She oohed and aahed and put all the ornaments she could in a 1 x 1 section of the bottom of the tree. It was wonderful and perfect. I loved it (and yes, I spread things out after she went to bed that night).
We normally wait until the day after Thanksgiving to bust the green and red boxes out of the bowels of the garage. It's been fun to do it differently and stretch out the decorations over the last few weeks. One day we assembled the tree. A few days later we put on the lights and tinsel and ornaments. Day by day I hung up a little more … a wreath, garland on the mantel, stockings, then the Christmas mugs, and today I switched out the regular plates for the Christmas china. There is something so comforting to me about eating Thanksgiving leftovers off of my Christmas plates! (That reminds me! It's not even December 1st yet!)
My daughter's wonder is a marvelous thing. It has undone my need for my house to look perfect for the holidays, for the lights to be "just so" on the tree (and that's a long way for me to come … John and I fought over the lights on the tree almost every year before we had kids!), for everything to be done in a certain time frame. I'm all for stretching my child's wonder out as long as humanly possible these days, and for our family's Christmas to be meaningful rather than "perfect"!
When does your family usually start decorating for Christmas/watching Christmas movies/drinking egg nog? What's your favorite Christmas tradition?