Christmasing has Begun!

Well, we’ve been Christmasing around here. I love this song from A Charlie Brown Christmas. It’s so peaceful while still speaking about the excitement of the season. Exactly the way I feel this year- very at peace but very excited all the same. Enjoy!

So what has Christmasing looked like in our home?

De-autumning- we spent about 45 minutes clearing our walls and shelves of everything fall. Don’t get me wrong, I do love my fall decorations, and I get excited to bring them out every year. But once the nights get that special nip-your-nose feel, I am ready for the change in decor.

Enlightening- Jonathan worked hard to get our lights up during Gelato’s wake times. This was a worthy goal, but unattainable. However, he did get all the lights around Gelato’s room (on the roof and on the lower eaves) done while Gelato was nursing and playing with me. So that didn’t interfere with naps at all. Sigh of relief. Hula Girl was quite enthralled, albeit nervous, when watching Daddy up on the roof. Her favorite moment of the day was looking out her window during roomtime and waving at Daddy, who was standing right outside. She even retold the story to me tonight, four days later. It sure left an impression!

O, Christmas Tree- Ahhhhhh! That wonderful scent that fills the home each Christmas season. And ours is like, mega-scented. Probably because it’s the largest tree we’ve ever had. And we’ve had a tree that was nine feet tall before. Oh, yes, my friends, our tree is huge. The story? Well, we went to pick out our tree and we found the perfect one- it was the first one we looked at! It didn’t need any branches cut off the bottom, it was a good shape, no large holes, no flat spots, just delightful. We took it over to have it trimmed (nothing like a fresh cut to the trunk to get a tree drinking water!)… and that was when it all went downhill. The guys doing the trimming/wrapping/loading had no clue what they were doing. And I am being totally serious. They lopped off 5 or 6 branches from the bottom, effectively maiming our tree beyond niceness. They didn’t use a chainsaw to cut off the bottom, until I told them they had to do that. They didn’t hold the tree steady while cutting off the bottom, so the cut was jagged and diagonal. Then they tried to send the tree through the mesh wrapper thingie TOP FIRST. That is, until I told them to turn the tree around. They argued with me but eventually did it my way since I am, in fact, the customer. I think they still probably believe I was wrong. Then when they tied it down on the car, they wanted to just loop the rope through the open windows. Good idea… if our kids were already IN the car. But no, they wanted to do it when we were all standing OUTSIDE the car. Yes, they wanted to tie our doors shut.

After all that, you might imagine we were quite disgruntled. We really had no time to be- it was nigh upon bedtime, and the kids were not having the standing-in-the-cold-just-to-replace-our-once-perfect-tree, so we took it home to try it out. We set up the darned thing for 30 seconds, took it down, and Jonathan took it back to the store and swapped it out for another. They told him he could choose one that was a size category larger… and he found one that was misplaced. So he ended up getting a gigantic tree, not just a bigger tree, for the price of a normal sized tree. True story. The tree’s diameter is about six feet. So that’s a large footprint.

We got all the indoor decorations up and then decorated the large large tree as a family. Hula Girl learned how to hang ornaments of the hook and of the loop varieties. She even got to decorate her own little tree with her pink, purple, and silver glitter CUPCAKES and balls. Nothing says Christmas like pink and purple cupcakes(?).

I have been adding to the Christmas feeling by creating new decorations every day. Two days ago I trimmed out my front entryway with some trees that I snagged from Starbucks last year when they were done with them (did you know they just throw those decorations away? If you like your Starbucks’ decorations, talk to the manager about relieving them of their leftovers in January!), some brown paper parcels for Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty, and a cute little snowman.

Next on my list for decorating is the wreaths. I have several to make. Two for the dining room, one for the front door, and one for our family’s advent celebrations. I just love homemade wreaths. I made my first last year and I was so very proud of it! I will never buy a wreath during Christmas season!

The last thing we have accomplished so far is gift choosing and purchasing. We have ordered all the family’s gifts, except for one, and we’ve even received a few. We just need to figure out what Jonathan and I will be getting for each other. We were going to buy bikes, helmets, and a bike trailer so we can go riding as a family, but the more I researched it, the more we realized this will be better once Gelato is a year older. Safety first, friends. So now we’re back at square one. I had a really nice idea that I need to discuss with Jonathan some more. If we settle on that, I’ll let you know.

I just reflected on all that, and it doesn’t sound too peaceful. Bah. When I write it all out, it seems hectic. But honestly, I feel quite peaceful in my heart. I hope my family does, too.


  1. kristypowers said,

    November 28, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Keep that peace! I love reading all that you’re doing in a non-frantic way. I’ve been out doing errands this week and it seems like people are LESS likely to smile, be friendly, and move aside for each other lately. People are grumpy!

    • November 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      That’s too bad! This is the season for JOY!

      • kristypowers said,

        November 28, 2012 at 2:45 pm

        Yes, and I’ve got to keep that in mind, too. We have been under the weather lately and unfortunately it is really hard for me to be pleasant when I feel that way. 😦

      • November 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm

        I’m sorry you’re not feeling well. Isn’t it wonderful that Joy doesn’t have to be exuberant and bubbly? Joy can be a quiet moment in your heart when you close your eyes and breathe. It can be the wonder you feel when you behold each little eyelash while your child is otherwise preoccupied. It can be the knowledge that one day, that child will sleep through the night! (talking to myself there!) To have joy…what a gift we have been given!

      • kristypowers said,

        November 28, 2012 at 5:42 pm

        Thanks, friend. 🙂

  2. November 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm

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