This is Collin's fourth Christmas, and he is entranced in the spirit and magic of the season. We had a five minute debate over where best to hang the Christmas stockings this year: 1. Needed to be in a place Santa would be sure to see them, but 2. They could not be on the fireplace mantle because Kate would pull them down and the hanger would hit her in the head. Ultimately, he was quite pleased and decided we could leave the "gingerbread cookies" (which he remembered we'd made for Santa last year!), milk and carrots by the fireplace with a note and an arrow showing Santa that the stockings were hung in the window just to the right!
While Collin was more interested in setting up the snowmen, hanging the stockings, etc., Owen LOVED decorating the tree. He put the first and the last ornament on the tree this year with such joy! He has inherited my passion (or OCD depending on who you ask!) for finding the "perfect" place for each ornament and stayed up with me till 11:30 p.m. the first night hanging and re-hanging the many ornaments! To this day, he and I have each moved at least one ornament a day because we'd discovered it still wasn't in the "perfect" place!
We did lose three ornaments this year in the excitment of discovery ~ oh boy was my patience tested! But I was so excited that they were so enthusiastic and had so many stories of memories already made in past years that I just smiled and enjoyed the tradition.
Kate got her first shiner halfway through the evening (see her left eye) ~ tried to take steps towards the tree and away from the ornament box ~ fell on an ornamental coffee cup. She didn't mind though. She jammied up and rallied on! Happy Holidays!!