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Trimming The Tree

creating family memoriesIt is always my job to hand out the ornaments for the kids to hang on the tree. I love this job.

The kids searched high and low for places to put their ornaments onto the tree.

They asked why we had a fish bone ornament on our tree (because it came in the bucket of ornaments that we got this year and I thought it was neat).

They waited in line (for the most part) and they worked together.

They look at the ornaments with intesity.

And they plotted schemes against their mama with the mistletoe. Do you see it in Elisha’s hand?

 And look at the smirk on his face. That was right before I was crowned with the mistletoe (no picture of that, thankfully).

We can’t forget Grandma, those are her fingers. She is putting hooks on the ornaments that were missing them.

We piled on the decorations.

We stared in child-like wonder as only 3 year old eyes can.

And we piled on more ornaments.

We put on the crochet chains and tied on the bows. We tried, even when we didn’t know how.

And we filled the tree to over flowing.

We hung the Happy Birthday sign (this is our first year, it came in the box of ornaments).

 We smiled big for the camera.

 We picked up the ornaments that fell off the tree (already…).

  We pushed the tree back into the corner (to keep kids from going behind it)

Then we had a late dinner and sent everyone to bed.

Check out all the rest of my posts and our Christmas Link Up.

This week I am linking up with some fabulous bloggers to bring you some amazing Christmas posts. Please take a few moments and visit the other mamas on this list and check out what they are writing today.

A Slob Comes Clean – Getting Your Home Company Ready
Feels Like Home – Christmas Traditions
Somewhat Crunchy – Christmas with Dairy Allergies
Spell Outloud – Children’s Books
Mama’s Learning Corner – Children’s Crafts
Many Little Blessings – Edible Gifts
An Oregon Cottage – Christmas Cookies
Catholic Icing – Wishing Jesus Happy Birthday
The Traveling Praters – Traveling
The Homeschool Classroom – Gifts Kids Can Make
Mama’s Laundry Talk – Laundry Gifts

*special thanks to Angie for making the graphic button for our series.

Top Ten Christmas Decorations From My Childhood

This is what greeted the kids Christmas morning last year. 

When I think about Christmas decorations from my childhood, certain images are recalled almost immediately. Today, I want to take you down memory lane.

1) Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes

We made pipe cleaner candy canes by twisting a red and a while pipe cleaner together. Then we curved a hook in it and hung it on the tree. Sometimes we took one pipe cleaner and made a candy cane using Tri beads in Christmas colors (that would be red, green, and white for us).

2) Paper Snowflakes

Paper snowflakes have more to do with winter than Christmas, but we always ended up making them on our Christmas holidays. These would hang in the windows until the moisture from the windows would make them all soggy and they would start falling apart (Don’t tell me that didn’t happen to your snowflakes.)

3) Paper Chains

Bright and colorful paper chains often wrapped around the whole tree. You know the ones made with construction paper and a stapler? Do you know how much paper (and how many staples) it takes to make a paper chain that goes all the way around a huge Christmas tree? (Neither do I.)

4) Popcorn Chain

What do you get when you mix a giant bowl of popcorn (this time without butter) with a long thread and a sharp needle? A popcorn chain for the Christmas tree and sore fingers. We only did this once and I am pretty sure I know why.

5) Fancy Baubles

When I was little most of the shiny decorations were breakable and our tree was full of them. I love all the Christmas baubles on fancy trees, I just don’t like cleaning up the splinters of glass when the balls fall on the floor and I step on them. I am so thankful for the invention of “shatterproof” baubles made of plastic. In my mind they look just the same and they are safer to have when the kids take the ornaments on and off the tree all day long for the whole month of December.

6) Garland

I can’t tell you if we have had garland on any of our family trees since we started our own family, we might have, I just don’t remember. I do remember always having garland wrap around our family Christmas tree growing up.

7) Tinsel

I also remember hanging tinsel on after the garland (as long as we didn’t have any pets at the time – You do know that tinsel is bad for cats and dogs and other small animals allowed to be loose in the house, right?) because the tinsel always came after the garland. And after the tinsel always came…

8) The Star or The Angel

Growing up we have always had a star or angel adorn the top of our Christmas tree. It was always put on last. There were a few times when it was too heavy for that skinny top branch and it would sag, but most of the time it fit just right. I heard from a reliable source that my sister tied a Ken doll, dressed in a suit, on top of her Christmas tree this year and they are planning to get him some angel wings (it is so hard to find man angels these days!).

9) Stockings

We had a variety of different stockings growing up. I am not sure why we never had the same ones, but my guess is that it was probably because the stockings were packed in a box somewhere and we couldn’t find them. I have made stockings a few times now for my kids, so I understand this crazy phenomenon of losing those “TWO” boxes that you only use once a year. I am guessing that is why they have started making those bright red and green buckets. We have those now and we love them. This year I found 2 complete sets of stockings.

Last, but definitely not least, was the…

10) Nativity

We always had some form of nativity on display at Christmas time. One nativity was ceramic and painstakingly hand painted by my aunt (my dad’s brother’s wife). The other nativity that stands out in my mind was probably purchased at a local department store, but we were allowed to touch it. It had a wooden stable with that funky moss all over it and the little resin nativity characters. I have fond memories of playing out the Christmas story with those characters.

What are your fondest memories of Christmas Decorations from your childhood? 

I am linking up to Top Ten Tuesday and the Hip Homeschool Hop.

Check out all the rest of my posts and our Christmas Link Up.

I am also linking up with some fabulous bloggers to bring you some amazing Christmas posts. Please take a few moments and visit the other mamas on this list and check out what they are writing today.

A Slob Comes Clean – Getting Your Home Company Ready
Feels Like Home – Christmas Traditions
Somewhat Crunchy – Christmas with Dairy Allergies
Spell Outloud – Children’s Books
Mama’s Learning Corner – Children’s Crafts
Many Little Blessings – Edible Gifts
An Oregon Cottage – Christmas Cookies
Catholic Icing – Wishing Jesus Happy Birthday
The Traveling Praters – Traveling
The Homeschool Classroom – Gifts Kids Can Make
Mama’s Laundry Talk – Laundry Gifts

*special thanks to Angie for making the graphic button for our series.

More Snow Pictures

All the kids had fun playing in the snow (including the big kid). Here is just a smattering of the couple hundred pictures that I snapped this week. I was standing inside the sliding doors (keeping warm), but I had so much fun taking pictures of the snow play.

These are some of my favorite photos. Sorry there are so many in one post (it is going to take forever to load), but I am so excited to actually be able to take good pictures now.

My Sweet Husband

Jonah

Hosanna and Zion

Hosanna and Zion

Zion

Zion

Zion

Zion

Zion

Zion

Hosanna

Hosanna

Hosanna

Hosanna

Hosanna

Hosanna

Malachi

Malachi

Malachi

Malachi and his giant snowball.

Malachi

Malachi and another giant snowball.

Moses

Moses

Moses

Moses

Moses

Moses building his snow fort.

Elisha

Moses, Zion, Hosanna, and Elisha

Elisha

Elisha

Elisha

Elisha

Well, there you have my collection of family pictures for the first snow of 2011.  I hope you enjoyed them.

Share links to your snow pictures in the comments.

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