why we aren't putting up a real tree this year, so I'm joining in with Boomama's Christmas Tour of Homes. In that post, I showed our outdoor decorations. Mother Nature took care of frosting the house this weekend:
Inside, I have a nice real evergreen wreath over the fireplace, a lighted garland on the mantle, and our stockings.
As I was hanging them this year, I remembered that when I bought them, Kyle was not even a twinkle in his Daddy's eye. In fact, when I bought them, I think that the idea that we would have a second child was not even the topic of the day. But I knew that we might have a second child, and I wanted them all to match, so I bought four instead of three, and I'm so glad I did. One funny thing is that each year, Amanda wants to decide which one is hers. I'm pretty much always the snowflake, but I think that the others have shifted, depending on which one Amanda wants (Santa, the reindeer, or the bear, which she has chosen this year, because his Santa hat has a bell on it).
Here is the four-foot fiber-optic tree. Doesn't that just scream Christmas spirit? I took two pictures, so that you could see the lights. I also added Thomas' blue track around the base for that traditional Christmas effect.
I love our Nativity scene. I actually saw it and my mom bought it for a wedding shower gift for us (we got married at the beginning of January). There are even a few Christmas CDs stacked behind it for mood music.
So even though I scaled back on the decorating effort this year, I'm not totally devoid of Christmas spirit. I have to admit that once I finally got the decorations up, it just felt right.
Merry Christmas from my slightly-less-decked halls to yours!