The weather outside is delightful so a fire would be just frightful! That’s because it is a lovely sunny day with a high of 80 degrees and yes, we have a house adorned for Christmas! I am fully aware we have not yet celebrated Thanksgiving and it’s over a week until December, but Christmas decor is here. George and I were both home yesterday so I decided it was opportune time to get in the holiday spirit. Christmas decor is a lot of work and having four infants doesn’t make the task any easier so I seized the moment.
George helped me heave Steralite boxes from the attic to the den and I busily worked between feeds during naps to get everything just right. All the while, our Christmas playlist blared from the ipod, which really put us in the spirit. In approximately four weeks, that same Christmas playlist will make me want to hurl. It was quite a sight during feeding time to see Boppies full of babies surrounded by a sea of Christmas glitz, half opened Steralite boxes, and oodles of wadded paper. Too bad I didn’t have the foresight to capture that in a picture. As usual, George left me to the tree. This is because I am a bit particular (when I say particular, I mean downright OCD) about it. I absolutely must find just the right spot for each ornament. The translucent ones must catch the light so they sparkle and the colorful ones go into dull spots to brighten them up. Throughout the season, I have a habit of finding better spaces for ornaments. When it’s finally perfect, it’s time for the tree to retreat back to the attic.
George helped me with our Charlie Brown kids’ tree, however. The Charlie Brown tree is a skimpy, limp four foot tree that we fill with old homeade ornaments and others from childhood. For the first time, this tree has a bit more purpose and will be even better when the babies can appreciate it. Oh how I look forward to celebrating our Christmas traditions with the foursome.
This year, the babies haven’t the foggiest idea that Christmas is coming, but it’s fun to watch them marvel at their new shining surroundings. I try to make sure tummy time faces the tree so they can enjoy it. I figure this is the last year for a while that the tree resides in the den. We generally have at least one ornament fatality thanks to my klutzy hands. Imagine it with four toddlers lurking about! With all the Christmas decor scattered around, the best new decorations are of course the four little ones playing on the den floor.