Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Christmas Traditions

Cutting down a live tree has been our family tradition for the last 15 years.  The weather rarely cooperates and the hunt to find a tree we love never seems worth it, but there's that memories making thing, and at this point, I get it and choose to play along.  This year, we had a new puppy and it felt like she needed to be a part of the fun.  So, we bundled up and headed out to Eckert's.

About 10 minutes in, our girl was running like crazy and our pup was shivering in equal crazy mode.  We soon realized that bringing a small dog out in the cold is exactly why people buy little dogs coats.

So, my son took on the role of dog watcher while my daughter ran the fields in search of the perfect tree.  After only a few selections, our family tree was chosen and OUR GIRL wanted to be a part of cutting down the tree.

And THEN, she wanted to help CARRY IT.  SO ... she did.  All the way to the end (with maybe a break or 2).

We got back into the shuttle and made our way back to the hot cocoa & restrooms.  When we first came in, my husband and I noticed that although it wasn't that late (2:45) Santa was in the parking lot walking towards the cars.  Sure enough, when we returned after our tree, Santa's spot was empty.  Most people were choosing to use the empty space to their advantage, so I decided to get a few shots of Nani and the kids.

Then off we went to load up the tree and go caroling home in my Jeep lit with Christmas lights.

Once home, we began stringing lights and garland. We took a break for dinner and pj's, then started back up with ornaments. How these kids of mine are growing so fast is beyond me, but what they say is true.  Don't blink.

We polished off the night by getting our tree slice from last year decorated to add on and topped her with a star, by my boy who is evidently able to do that task on his own.  It's definitely started feeling like Christmas around our house, which is good because there's less than ten days until the guy in the big red suit arrives.  Merry Christmas friends!!

Until next time,