There is nothing I love more to do as a family than the day we get to put the Christmas decorations up. It’s just a beautiful thing – doing the same things again – remembering what happens, what decorations go where, unrolling the advent calendar, getting the tree, putting up the wreaths on the doors…and yesterday was no exception. The girls were excited, Elvis and Bing pumped out the Christmas tunes and last night as I sat under that tree with the lights sparkling, drinking in the smell of fresh, green pine, I was transported back to my own childhood. Christmas really is such a magical time, there’s nothing like it.
We headed off early afternoon to the Christmas tree farm to see if we could find our tree. Not much had changed from last year (you can see 2010 here 2011 here 2012 here) Harper still complained and whinged and there was a shit load of flies buzzing about. NOTHING was going to stop the spirit though…NO WAY. NO HOW.
It’s quite the business picking the right one. It’s always a bit hot and as I said…those bloody flies! There are fights over who actually gets to pick it, and tears when the one that someone wanted doesn’t get chosen…I really must grow up. We wanted to get something a bit smaller than last year that was huge…and when you are in there you kind of lost sight of scale.
Then we saw her! The tree! In all her glory!
Rob was set to work. Harper cried.
And then it was back home to set her up. Pine needles everywhere, split water, wonky tree straightening. But then, then she was done.
Our tree is not styled. It’s filled with dodgy Preschool ornaments with glitter that falls off. It’s colourful and bright and funnily enough…it’s not small at ALL! It’s fat. And green. Smells amazing. Created with love. And it’s bloody perfect.
The decorations are up. The lights and candles are around. The place looks and smells like Christmas. And we all couldn’t be happier about it.
Have you got your Christmas decorations/tree up yet?
Filled with the Christmas spirit?
Isn’t it just THE BEST?