Mental note to self: plan ahead for Christmas next year.
I’ve pretty much given up on sending out Christmas cards this year. I haven’t written the letter, I don’t have good pictures to put in the card (nor are they printed), and by the time you read this, I’ll be on my way to St Louis to visit with the in laws for a few days.
The wee ones have also not visited Santa. I haven’t wrapped a single present. My husband’s gifts have been planned for a month, but I haven’t actually bought them yet. Oh, and two gifts for my mom and my in-laws will be arriving after the Blessed Day. Oops.
I actually blame much of it on Little Miss being in the hospital all last weekend. Last Friday was my day to get the Christmas letter and pictures done, and the cards were to go out last Saturday. Obviously that didn’t happen. And work has been an absolute bear lately with me working until 7:30 on a few nights, plus working on my off days. That’s kinda thrown a crimp into my life. I still need to plan better though.
Our tree is a good example. I refuse to have a non-live tree. I tried to go look at fake trees last Christmas, and I tried to find one I could live with but I just couldn’t do it. In fact, I really prefer to go to a tree farm and cut down my own. I love the experience of doing that, and I’m sure the wee ones would, too. There was never a free weekend day that we could have gone though. Oooo, brilliant me. I’m going to write that date on the calendar for next year right now.
See. My brain does work sometimes.
In any case, we finally went to Home Depot to get our tree. Another mental note to self: don’t get a tree the weekend before Christmas. I literally had six trees to choose from. And they were just a tad picked over by that point. If only I’d taken my camera so you could see how sad those empty tree boxes looked.
Instead, we came home with this:
All it needs is a little love, right? And maybe a blanket wrapped around the bottom?
Fortunately, we have plenty of lights to weigh down some of the branches. The only problem with weighing down the branches is that it exposed ummm light midway up through the tree. Oh well. That’s what ornaments are for, right?
The wee ones got right on that. They had so much fun hanging ornaments on the tree!
Let’s just say it all together now. Ready? Awwwwww.
I promise. There was no fighting over who got to hang what ornament. There were no tears when all the Santa and Frosty ornaments were hung. No pushing and shoving occurred at all. No one grabbed ornaments out of anyone’s hand, nor did anyone purposely knock ornaments off the tree that someone else had hung up.
Another mental note to self: do not decorate the tree just before bedtime when they’re tired next year.
In the end, we ended up with a lovely tree. See?
And yes, the ornaments were hung in clumps. Raise your hand if you think I left the ornaments in clumps. What, not a single one of you raised your hand? You must know me too well. Yep, I had to more artfully rearrange the clumps. They were disturbing my tree zen.