Friday, December 01, 2006



Tonight we put up our Christmas decorations. The kids have been waiting all week for this moment. First we made them eat dinner and bathe, but after the parental brutality had stopped the fun began. There is a strict order to be followed, and because the first part is a bit boring, we did it while they were still in the bath. Set up the tree, test the lights (new ones this year, we seem to have misplaced the others in our last move), then put them on the tree. Mum applies the angel hair tinsel liberally, then baubles are added. The bottom half of the tree is very well decorated, the top half needs a little redistribution. The finishing toush is the angel, which Dad place on the top with due pomp and circumstance.

Then we settled down with popcorn for the children, and a delicious slice of fruit cake for the parents and watched The Santa Clause, purchased especially for the occasion. It was a lot of fun, though had to imagine snow falling and blazing fireplaces with airconditioners blasting and summer pajamas!

Oh, and our tree is tiny, because we purchased one that could be kept in a play pen, safe from toddlers. We had planned on buying a bigger one this year, but thought with the possibility of a real Canadian tree next year that to spend a couple of hundred dollars on a fake tree now would be a bit silly. The joy and excitement in our house tonight proves that size most definitely does not matter!

10 comments:

Me said...

Sounds delightful!! BTW isn't it sad that such beautiful light comes from such a sorry source.

hollyday said...

It's beautiful Emma! It's so much fun to do that whole ritual with the kids :). ((Hugs))

Lisa said...

Such a great Christmas tradition! How was the sandwiche? LOL

Vicki said...

Beautiful tree! We have the same problem with the heavy on the bottom, light on top ornament decorating. LOL

Bec of the Ladies Lounge said...

Lovely!

Ours went up yesterday too. It's a bit of a hotch potch this year because the kids got to it before I got home from work so I had to try and get all the lights and tinsel on after the ornaments! We got there in the end and the rest of the tinsel goes up around the house later today!

Margaret said...

Oh sounds wonderful!!!!! We have our own putting up the tree rituals here. They make this such a special time of year.

Tanya said...

Great shot. Looks like your all in for a super summery christmas (maybe the last one for a while?).

velda said...

Awww what a lovely tradition!!!

xsquared said...

Lovely tree!

Sara Laughs said...

That sounds like such a perfect tree-decorating event. I love the tree!