Sure, they love the outdoor Christmas lights, their Christmas stockings and the Elf on the Shelf, but the first thing they immediately ask about after Thanksgiving is the Christmas tree.
"When are we going to put up the tree?!"
And, as much as I love a perfectly decorated tree like one of these:
My tree is less polished and more random, but I like it just the same.
Just like my family-themed holiday mantel, my Christmas tree is family-themed as well.
The tree is filled with family memories and momentos from Christmases past.
Like the ornament we bought on our skiing honeymoon.
And, ornaments the kids painted when they were really small and couldn't stay inside the lines.
I also have little hand print ornaments.
I used to take the kids to our local paint-your-own-pottery place every year to make these special ornaments. Last year, they didn't want to go. :(
I have hand-made personalized ornaments and some with pictures.
And, I like to add ornaments that show the things we like.
My son used to be absolutely nuts about trains!
We also have an heirloom ornament or two.
This little porcelain Santa belonged to my husband's grandmother.
And, we have some fun, too. A few pairs of these crazy glasses are tucked into the tree branches. When you put them on, the tree lights look like Santas or snowmen or angels.
The kids love them!
Our tree is plump full of fond Christmas memories. It's so much fun when we open up our ornament boxes to see what's in there. No wonder the kids love our tree!
And, I like it too.
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