Picking out our Christmas Tree was the easiest experience this year. When we got to the lot, Justin took Jake in to start looking around while I got Dylan out of the car and bundled up. On my way in I saw a neighbor and stopped to say hi and chat for a few minutes and when I turned around I saw Justin and Jake standing by our tree. When I walked up to them, Justin said “This is it.” I briefly looked around and agreed that he had picked out the best one. We hadn’t even been there for 10 minutes and we were done. After paying for the tree and getting it loaded up ontop of the car, we decided to stick around for a bit and let Jacob play.
I came really close to getting a Charlie Brown tree after Jake kept carrying this one around with him.
Dylan getting his first grasp of a Christmas tree branch
They had Santa’s sleigh there to use for photo ops, but Jake is not really cooperative in that department these days, so this is the best we got.
Back out on the lot Jake was heading for the BIG trees
One of the men working there restocking the trees heard me calling Jake’s name (as Jake was ignoring me as usual), so when he walked by he said “Hey Jake!” that stopped him in his tracks. Then he asked Jake if he wanted to help him with the tree he was carrying.
Of course Jake jumped at the chance to get his hands dirty! The man talked to him the entire way to where he was setting up the tree, and thanked him with a high five when they were done.
We practically had to carry Jake out of there to keep him from running after the man to help him over and over and over again. Maybe we should have asked if they were hiring.
I never thought our family would really get into the Elf on the Shelf. But this year, this little guy, who Jake named Red, joined our family.
After the boys went to bed, Justin and I put lights on the tree and wrapped a bunch of Christmas books and put them under the tree. The next morning with Red perched on top of the tree, Jacob was excited to see that Red had put lights on the tree and brought books from Santa. So now every night before bed Jacob gets to choose a book from under the tree to unwrap and read.
I put our fragile/glass/breakable ornaments at the top of the tree and bought a big box of shatterproof ornaments that we could put everywhere else. So Jacob “helped” me decorate the tree.
Which resulted in a low patch of the tree that was beautifully crammed with ornaments.
The next day, my mom was in town, so the two of us spread out the crammed ornaments and finished decorating the tree.
One night I sat Dylan down in front of the tree and told Jake to show him the ornaments. Jake took his job seriously.
Then Dylan decided to liven things up a bit and pick on his brother by pulling his shirt, over and over and over again.
Okay now, back to the ornaments.
It’s going to be a FUN Christmas this year!