We always make it a tradition in our home to make an entire evening out of putting up the tree. This year I made a big pot of chili and corn bread and after we ate, gave Weebie a bath and put him in his festive jammies, we decked the halls.
With Christmas movies playing in the background and hot apple cider warming our tummies, we hung each ornament with care, reminiscing about where/when we got each one. We have so many memories wrapped up in this tree! We collect the Old World ornaments, and it makes for such a bright, sparkly, festive tree. It just screams "classic Christmas" to me and I find myself staring at the ornaments all the time.
We try to collect ornaments that mean something to us or symbolize something in our lives. We added some sweet little boy ones for Levi at the bottom of the tree (note: Elmo!) so that he could enjoy them and he loves it.
Levi is completely mesmerized by this tree. He exclaimed "oh boy" approximately 87 times during the evening. He has his favorite ornaments and goes around the tree pointing to each one. First he points to Santa and says "Ho! Ho! Ho!", then he moves over to the train and says "Choo-Choo!", he makes his way to Elmo and says "Mel-mo! or ELLL-Mo!" (it's different each time), and finally goes to the bison and says "Mooo". He thinks any large animal with four legs is a cow.
Christmas has always been my favorite holiday, but experiencing it through the eyes of a child is simply magical. The sparkle in his eye makes every little thing the most exciting thing in the world.
Tell me about your tree decking experiences! Any special traditions? What do you hang on your tree?
Pictures of the rest of my Christmas decor (including ALL of the tree) coming soon!