This year was the latest we’d ever put up our Christmas tree. We usually put it up right away after Thanksgiving but it’s just been getting delayed later and later.
Plus, it honestly doesn’t really feel like Christmas time yet. Thanksgiving was pretty uneventful, we haven’t had our Christmas pictures taken, no work Christmas parties this year, no advent services, no snow, in fact it was 55 degrees the other day! No deere hunting for my family like they usually do, no Christmas baking yet, we never did black Friday shopping like we usually do to kick off Christmas. So we got the tree up the other night – finally in hopes to make it feel a little more like Christmas.
I’ve been teaching Carver how to give gifts. He picked out which gift went to which teacher, he’s been working on wrapping presents and labeling them – look how far he is coming on writing his name! We are so impressed with how quickly he has caught on. One presents is for Betsy and one is for Rosie – can you tell?
I found a few of my favorite ornaments while we were decorating the tree. The German star ornaments were made in 2007 – the first year we had a Christmas tree. Mom and Dad and I made them one night and we dipped them all in wax. They’ve lasted all these years. I also made Swedish heart ornaments that year. 2007 was one of my favorite Christmases ever – I’ve always kept our yearly ornament from that year.
That was the year I got Dance Dance revolution, Rockband, the Xbox, we got a real tree that Dad and Karl and I went out and cut down. Mom and I played so much Mario Cart that winter. We baked so many Christmas cookies. It was just the best Christmas ever.
If you’re curious as to why the first year we got a tree wasn’t until 2007, Christmas has been…I don’t know how to say, a touchy subject in my family growing up. You can read more on that here: https://www.joscountryjunction.com/ask-jo-christmas/
Gannon thought the nativity set was a barn so he grabbed his tractors and got to work…
And here we all are – tree decorated, Christmas carols playing, watching the twinkling lights, all happy as can be…as long as Gannon doesn’t unwrap another present!
Do you guys have your decorations up? Shopping done? I think I have just one more person on my list. I’ve stuck with shopping local except for two very specific presents that are pretty hard to find in your typical boutique or brick and mortar. Have you been working to shop local more this year?