We decorated the Christmas tree today. Yeah!
As a kid we always had to wait until after my sister's birthday on the 17th. Bloody little sisters....
As soon as I left home I decided Christmas started December 1st so I could get the most out of it.
But this year we just got so busy we never got around to it. Well that and the fact that we cut down our big outside Christmas tree so we were kind of at a loss as to what to do.
So we headed to the place you go when you have a problem and need an answer. Nope, not the Wizard of Oz- the local home centre!
And we came back and got started. I really wanted the girls to be involved in the whole Christmas tree experience. All of it.
The filling of the pot and planting of the tree.
And (after a bath as all that gardening made us absolutely filthy) we finally got down to the decorating. Put on my homemade Christmas compilation CD- where else do the Crapenters, Brittany Spears, Bing Crosby and the muppets sit side by side? and got out the box of decorations. Meg was all about speed. How many decorations can I get on the tree compared to everybody else?
Amy was much more methodical. And the problem solver. She tied ribbons on all the ribbonless baubles. Poor kid, she tied them on with that shredded paper you get in gift boxes and they won't last... oh well, she'll have fun re-tieing them I guess...
The finished product- two very happy girls and...
The most over laden, over dressed, higgledy piggledy unbalanced, unthemed, un-cute tree you've ever seen. I think the vision of the designers is best described by Meg when she'd hung the last bauble in the box "Ohhhhh... there's no more and you can still see green...."
It looks quite good in the dark though:
And they love it and Christmas is for the kids...
And next year hopefully it will be bigger and as long as we don't buy any more baubles we should slowly get the tree to decorations ratio right, yeah?