Finally got off my Grinchy behind this week and got on the Christmas train. Thanks to our cruise it took me a long time to get into the Christmas spirit this year. Normally, we set everything up after Thanksgiving dinner or on Black Friday but this year I was frantically packing swimsuits instead of trimming the tree.
We decided to get a real tree this year and it was my first time on a Christmas tree lot since I was probably 15 years old. And the smell...oh my goodness, I thought I was going to burst into tears right there in the Home Depot parking lot. Reminded me of this quote I read the other day:
Christmas is a time when you get homesick – even when you’re home.
I found myself longing for the house I grew up in and being little and "helping" my dad carry our tree in. It made me glad that I have kids this year. I may not be able to quite recapture that thrill for myself but I can certainly make some rose-colored Christmas memories for my kids!
|My first Christmas ornament from 1985|
My parents came over to help us decorate the tree because I am kind of inept when it comes to Christmas trees and lights. I made this soup (even though it wasn't actually cold outside...) and we decorated the tree and listened to Christmas music and tried to keep the almost-mobile Baby 2 from eating a strand of lights and it was lovely.
|Tribute to Aaron's Hawaiian upbringing. We have tons of flip-flops and surfboards on our tree.|
I've been listening to Angela's Christmas playlist and the "Peaceful Holidays" station on Pandora and now I've got the permanent warm fuzzies going.
I am officially ready for Christmas.
|One of my favorites. My mom gave it to Stinky (maybe for his first Christmas? I should really write these things down...)|