December 20, 2011

Activity Advent: O Christmas Tree!

Last week we went in search of our Christmas tree.  As a kid I loved going into the mountains and cutting down a tree.  So I've been surprised how much I've loved our tree hunting tradition here, in the city.  We walk two blocks, look at a few trees, haggle with the tree dealer, then carry our tree our hands.  And decorate it before bedtime.  It's quick and easy.  Perfect!

The guy selling the trees was super sweet with the kids. It made the experience even better.

I love comparing this photo with the one last year, when I was about to pop Simon out.  What a difference a year makes!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE decorating the Christmas tree with my family.

Activity Advent: Days Inside

Two weeks ago it rained several days and then I got super sick.  Fever, chills, the works.  It was awful.  I completely lost track of what activities we were doing when and did a lot of Christmas movies and hot chocolate.

Once I felt a little better we made peanut blossoms; one of my favorite holiday cookies we made when I was a kid.

We hung stockings by the brick wall with care.

And Isabella wanted to decorate the house "like Christmas", so I let her do her thing and she spent a half hour wrapping this chair.  It was the most decorated chair ever.  ("Was"...because the ribbon has since been removed, by the kids, and used for other imaginative adventures.  Mostly wrapping each other.)

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