It seems so nostalgic and festive- going out with a saw in hand to cut down your own tree. We tried it this year. There was so much excitement and I had no idea how much went into putting up a real tree. Ours is perfect for our little livingroom. It looks like it’s going to fall into the window and Mark checks it every day to see if it’s leaning more than the day before, but it’s perfect.
We came home from the tree farm and got it all set up, which seemed like a chapter from the Griswold’s Christmas, and let the kids put on their ornaments. I have mentioned making a popcorn garland to the kids, but I’m thinking I might have two little girls who will be too tempted by it to leave it alone. Jury is still out on that one. Perhaps a paper chain is a better option.
While at the tree farm I set up my camera on the tripod in hopes of capturing the perfect picture for our Christmas card. I took around 20 pictures and they all looked lovely when I checked them (out at the farm in the sunlight), but when we got in the car and I could see them more clearly I noticed that NOT ONE was in focus. Oiy! We ended up standing in our back yard when we got home and snapping a few in-focus pictures, which will have to suffice for this year. 🙂
Our December is calm and slow for us. We have a few very special and anticipated gatherings schedule, but nothing too fancy or overwhelming. There is always temptation to say, “Yes,” to everything and fill the calendar to the brim, but then I’m left frazzled, tired, and not able to enjoy the bits and pieces of the season. So, I choose to prioritize those things which enrich our lives and let go of those things which weigh us down. It is such a blessed time of year!