Some more holiday scenes.
Making Saint Nicholas ornaments for an ornament exchange.
Story time at The Great Wolf Lodge.
Snow at The Great Wolf Lodge.
Our simple, but lovely Christmas mantle.
A quick story about our 2015 Christmas tree.
So, the day after Thanksgiving, we traditionally go and pick out a live Christmas tree. Some years, we head to the mountains to chop it down. Others, we just go to a local lot or even Lowes to buy a tree. This year on Friday, we all were feeling a bit lazy and didn't head out until the evening. We decided to go to Lowes to pick out a tree. It was cold and we all were a bit tired so no one was really *feeling* it. The selection was really small, so we just haphazardly picked one out. Joseph wanted colored lights this year, so we picked up some lights as well.
So, the next morning we set the tree up and Darryl put on the colored lights. Traditionally, we always have a little party as we pull out all the ornaments because our ornaments have special meaning to us. So, we all gather to decorate the tree. Secretly, we are all (at least the big ones) were lamenting over the tree. It really was very ugly. It was bald in some spots, crooked, and looked a bit dead. Adding all the colored lights just made the tree look like it was on fire when lit.
That evening after we had decorated the tree, I went over to admire it and it was horrible. From my bedroom it looked like we had a fire in the foyer.
So, the next morning I told Joe to tell daddy he didn't like the tree. I figured since Joe was his little buddy, he would agree and get another tree. It was kind of a joke around the house as we were all trying to convince daddy we didn't like the tree, but he worked hard to set it up and put on all the lights we felt bad. But, being the awesome hubby and daddy he is, he agreed to take the tree back. We took off all the ornaments.
Daddy removed all the colored lights and then he returned the tree, along with the lights to Lowes. I guess the next morning they received a new shipment of trees and he went through all the trees to find a beautiful one.
When he got home, he decorated it with white lights and we had an ornament party all over again.
I laugh because it truly was funny.
We always have an amusing story regarding our Christmas tree and this year didn't disappoint.
Chocolate dipped pretzels..yumm!!
Christmas Eve Vespers.
This year the little ones were the animals in the manger.
You can see Juliana in the giraffe costume and Joe was a little bear.
Nicholas and Matthew were kings.
Juliana adores Father Robert.
Cookie baking day!
My sweet girl in her sweet coat.